Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division)

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 01.NLD.0103.102.01.001

Estimated market value:

$1400-1800 USD

  • Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division) Reverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division) Reverse Detail
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division) Obverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division) Reverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (Civil Division) Reverse Detail

Estimated market value:

$1400-1800 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Makers
    Rijksmunt, Utrecht; J.M.J. van Wielik, The Hague
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: 'sRIJKSMUNT / UTRECHT
  • Size
    85x85mm
  • Version Remarks
    The examples pictured here differ in attachment style.

History


The Order of Orange-Nassau was established by Queen Emma in the name of her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, in 1892. It was considered necessary to establish another order following the discontinuation of the Order of the Oak Crown and the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau in the Netherlands. It is currently the most widely conferred order in the Netherlands. The reigning Dutch monarch is the Grand Master of the Order.

The Order is conferred upon Dutch citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious service to Dutch society. During the Second World War, it was conferred upon Dutch and Allied military personnel for participation in the liberation of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies.

The Order is conferred in a Civil Division and Military Division. The decorations of the Civil Division feature a laurel wreath between the arms of the cross. All decorations are meant to be returned to the state following the death of a member.

The Grand Cross Breast Star features an obverse inscription that translates to, "I Shall Maintain." There may be additional versions that differ in size, composition, or manufacturer.

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