Order of St. Sylvester, Dame


SKU: 01.VAT.0105.106.01.002

Estimated market value:

$210 USD

  • Order of St. Sylvester, Dame
  • Order of St. Sylvester, Dame Reverse

Estimated market value:

$210 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

Vatican. An Order of Saint Sylvester, Dame, by Tanfani Bertarello

(Ordo Sancti Silvestri Papae). Instituted 1841. In silver gilt and enamels, maker marked "TANFANI BERTARELLI", measuring 42.8 mm, on bow ribbon, very fine. Footnote: The Order of Saint Sylvester was instituted by Pope Gregory XVI on October 31, 1841 and reformed, along with all other Papal orders, in 1905. It is awarded to laymen and women who are active in the life of the Church, especially those who advance its cause and welfare in their professional lives. Saint Sylvester was Pope for 21 years, from January 314 until December 31, 335 at a time when Constantine the Great was Emperor and the position of the Church improved significantly.


This Order was founded to compensate for the degradation of the Order of the Golden Militia. Amendments were made to the Order of the Golden Militia in 1841 that restricted the number of members, and these new statutes were the foundation of the Order of St. Sylvester. In 1905, Pope Pius X reorganized the Holy See’s honours and divided the Order of the Golden Militia into two separate Orders, the Order of St. Sylvester and the Order of the Golden Militia/Golden Spur.

The Order of St. Sylvester is awarded by the Pope to Catholics who are actively involved in the everyday activities of the church. It is also conferred upon individuals who have rendered professional and civil service in the realm of art, science, and literature that have benefited the church. The modern Order may also be awarded to non-Catholic recipients and women.

The Order is composed of four grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Grand Officer with Grand Officer Breast Star, Commander, and Knight.

Recipients are bestowed with a prefix after being emitted into the Order, with Knight for men and Dame for women.

See Order of the Golden Militia in the Orders of the Vatican for more information.


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