Order of the Crown of Westphalia, I Class Knight
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The Order of the Crown of Westphalia was founded on December 25, 1809, by Napoleon's brother Jerome Bonaparte, also known as King Hieronymus I of Westphalia. The Order was established in three grades and could be awarded to civilians and military personnel. It was conferred upon individuals who rendered exceptional service to the crown and state. Awardable acts included performing acts of heroism or humanity and making useful discoveries.
Membership in the Order was limited to 10 Grand Crosses. 30 Commander Crosses, and 300 I Class Knight Crosses, and 500 II Class Knight Crosses.
The King was the Grand Masters of the Order and he wore the Collar with a diamond-studded decoration suspended from it.
The first decorations were created produced by the jeweller Biennais. The decorations were later created by other jewellers, including Gibert and Oliveras of Paris.
The motto of the Order is "Character und Aufrichtigkeit" which translates to "Character and Honesty"
The Order was discontinued in 1813 following the collapse of the Westphalian Government.
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Obv: CHARAKTER UND AUFRICHTIGKEIT Rev: ERRICHTET DEN XXV DEC MDCCCIX
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