Order of Orange-Nassau, Grand Officer Breast Star (Military Division)

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SKU: 01.NLD.0103.204.01.000

Estimated market value:

$700-2800 USD

  • Grand Officer Breast Star (Military Division) Obverse
  • Grand Officer Breast Star (Military Division) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$700-2800 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Makers
    M.J. Goudmsit, The Hague
  • Composition
    Silver/Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI
  • Size
    85x85mm

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 Military Division is awarded to military personnel, and not in recognition of military merit, although this is most often the case. The decorations of the Military Division feature crossed swords. All decorations are meant to be returned to the state following the death of a member.

The Grand Officer 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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