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Title Knight of Grace badge, Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem
Nationality Maltese
Period c 1914

This superb order, complete with its original black silk neck ribbon and Brussels jeweller's case of issue, is of unmarked silver and enamel construction. It would have been given as a decoration to a serving member of the Order who had distinguished himself on their behalf. The order traces its ancestry directly to the Knights Hospitallers.

The Knights Hospitallers guarded the pilgrim routes to the Holy Land and, indeed, operated hospitals in Outremer (the old name for Palestine). The order moved from Outremer to Cyprus on its expulsion from Palestine by the Muslims as the Christian empire in the East collapsed in the 13th century. It then moved to Rhodes, and finally to Malta in 1520, after a long siege, finally being allowed by the Turks to relocate, with all its arms and equipment, as part of the surrender terms. It still functions as a charitable order of the Roman Catholic church and, indeed, has an embassy in Rome.

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[Militaria : Medals : Maltese : 20th Century]


Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.

C C, Australia, 20.08.2010

My bayonet arrived this morning, super fast delivery! It's an excellent bayonet and I'm very pleased with it!!

S A, UK, 12.12.2007