Netherlands: Military Order of William, Knight 4th Class, silver, gold and enamels, of very early manufacture, circa mid 19th Century, silver, gold and enamels, the cross measuring approximately 20 mm in width, and of the so-called half size form. Replaced ribbon. Rare.

Price: £300.00


Product ID: CMA/18156
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Netherlands: Military Order of William, Knight 4th Class, silver, gold and enamels, of very early manufacture, circa mid 19th Century, silver, gold and enamels, the cross measuring approximately 20 mm in width, and of the so-called half size form. Replaced ribbon. Rare.

Condition: enamel in reasonable condition, overall Good Very Fine.

The Military William Order, or often named Military Order of William (Dutch: Militaire Willems-Orde), is the oldest and highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Order's motto is Voor Moed, Beleid en Trouw (For Bravery, Leadership and Loyalty). The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I and was presented for feats of excellent bravery on the battlefield and as a meritorious decoration to senior military officers. Comparable with the French Légion d’Honneur but far less awarded, the Military William Order is a chivalry order of merit open to everyone regardless of rank and nobility, and not only to Dutch military but also foreigners. To date the Order is extremely rarely awarded and only for excellent bravery in battle.

In the spring of 1940 it was decided that civilians would receive the Military Order of William for heroic acts in the resistance. After the liberation of the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, several men and one woman from the resistance were awarded the Military Order of William.