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

testimonials

Many thanks for letting me know, can confirm it arrived this morning, safe and sound.

Marvellous piece, thanks again!

R B, UK, 10.12.2012

It is here! Very nice piece! That is a wonderful birthday present for my new life.

M G, Germany, 29.02.2008

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