France / Benin - French Colonial: Order of the Black Star, Commander, neck badge, silver and enamels, with length of neck ribbon.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
The Order was created on 1 December 1889 by Toffa, King of Porto-Novo and later king of Dahomey in West Africa, to reward his subjects and the French employed by the Protectorate.
The Order became a French Colonial Order by the decrees of 10 and 23 May 1896 and was administered by the Grand Chancellery of the Legion d’Honneur until it became defunct on 3 December 1963. The Order came to be used to reward French military for a minimum of 10 years’ service in West and Equatorial Africa.