Italy: Order of Saint Maurice and Saint Lazarus, 3rd Class, Commander Grade neck badge, gold and enamels, housed in its Cravanzola of Rome fitted presentation case. A 19th Century piece of insignia.

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Italy: Order of Saint Maurice and Saint Lazarus, 3rd Class, Commander Grade neck badge, gold, silver gilt and enamels, housed in its Cravanzola of Rome fitted presentation case. A 19th Century piece of insignia.

Condition: enamel work in good condition with no loss, overall Good Very Fine.

The Order was established on 27 December 1816 by King Vittorio Emanuele of Sardinia, though its antecedents went back to the Middle Ages. It came to be awarded for outstanding service to Italy and was open equally to Italian and non-Italian citizens but was usually awarded only to Catholics. Although the Italian state has not recognised the Order since the abolition of the Italian monarchy at the end of World War II, it has continued to be awarded, first by King Umberto II in exile and then by Crown Prince Vittorio Emanuele on the grounds that this was not an Italian award but a Papal award that the heads of the Italian Royal Family awarded as Dukes of Savoy and thus Grand Masters of the Order.


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