Royal Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit, Collar


SKU: 01.ITA.0114.101.01.000

  • Royal Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit, Collar Obverse

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    The image of the Collar is a scanned image from Plate 86 of "The Book of Orders of Knighthood and Decorations of Honour of all Nations" edited by Sir Bernard Burke. The book was published in 1858, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada-anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.

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The Grand Crosses were entitled to wear a gold Collar composed of alternating gold-colour links with the images of Fleur-de-Lys, the initial "F" with crossed flags, crowns with crossed flags, and mural-towers with crossed flags.


The Order was founded by Ferdinand IV, King of Naples, to commemorate the defeat of the French, and the return of Ferdinand IV to his Kingdom.

This Order was awarded to men who had proven their fealty by staying loyal to the King. It was also awarded in recognition of extraordinary services that demonstrated an individual’s loyalty to the King and the Royal family.

The Order was originally awarded in two grades, the Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, and the Commander. The grades of Knight, Gold Medal of Honour, and Silver Medal of Honour were added to the Order in 1810.

The Order was discontinued following the unification of Italy in 1860.

It is recorded that the Order was granted as a dynastic Order until 1912.


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