KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER ORDER OF ST JOHN MEDAL

Rare Military Order of Saint John Knights Hospitaller Medal

$790.00

Rare Knights Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Medal – Knights Hospitaller Order of Saint John Medal | Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem and Malta | The order is the world’s oldest surviving religious order of military, chivalrous and nobility | This Badge of a Knight of Justice of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a presentation medal made up of a full size Maltese cross medal with a gold crown and a armorial attachment suspension | The Medal is comprised primarily of Gold and Embellished White Enamels |

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  • Rare Knights Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Medal – Knights Hospitaller Order of Saint John Medal | Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem and Malta | The order is the world’s oldest surviving religious order of military, chivalrous and nobility | This Badge of a Knight of Justice of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a presentation medal made up of a full size Maltese cross medal with a gold crown and a armorial attachment suspension | The Maltese cross is the cross symbol associated with the Order of St. John since 1567, with the traditional Knights Hospitaller and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and by extension with the island of Malta. The cross is a white, eight-pointed cross having the form of four “V”-shaped elements, each joining the others at its vertex, leaving the other two tips spread outward symmetrically.

    The Medal is comprised primarily of Gold and Embellished White Enamels | Size: 5.5″ | Provenance: Part of a prominent Lifelong Military Medal Collection; Acquired from private Chicago, IL family of the collector | Near Mint Condition with Enamel Intact.

    The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Latin: Supremus Ordo Militaris Hospitalis Sancti Ioannis Hierosolymitani Rhodius et Melitensis), also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) or Order of Malta, is the world’s oldest surviving chivalric order. Headquartered in Palazzo Malta in Rome, its mission is summed up in its motto: Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum, “Defence of the faith and assistance to the poor”. The order is a monarchy and is ruled by a Prince and Grand Master.

    The birth of the order dates back to around 1048. Merchants from the ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi obtained from the Caliph of Egypt the authorisation to build a church, convent, and hospital in Jerusalem, to care for pilgrims of any religious faith or race. The Order of St. John of Jerusalem–the monastic community that ran the hospital for the pilgrims in the Holy Land–became independent under the guidance of its founder, the religious brother Gerard.

    With the Bull of 15 February 1113, Pope Paschal II approved the foundation of the Hospital and placed it under the aegis of the Holy See, granting it the right to freely elect its superiors without interference from other secular or religious authorities. By virtue of the Papal Bull, the hospital became an order exempt from the control of the local church. All the Knights were religious, bound by the three monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

    The constitution of the Kingdom of Jerusalem regarding the crusades obliged the order to take on the military defence of the sick, the pilgrims, and the territories that the crusaders had captured from the Muslims. The order thus added the task of defending the faith to that of its hospitaller mission.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As time went on, the order adopted the white eight-pointed Cross that is still its symbol today. The eight points represent the eight “beatitudes” that Jesus pronounced in his Sermon on the Mount.

     

  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    4.5"

    Width

    4.5"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight of Magistral Grace

    Date

    19th Century

    Kind

    Collectibles, Ephemera, Jewelry, Medals & Awards, Memorabilia, Precious Metals, Silver

    Medium

    Silver, Sterling

    Origin

    Italy

    Subject

    Historical, Military

    Title

    Antique Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller Medal