Rare Monaco Order of Saint Charles – Grand Cross Breast Star Badge
Very rare 19th Century Grand Cross Breast Star Badge of the Monaco Order of Saint Charles | Solid Sterling Silver Embellished throughout with 18k Gold and Enamel | Hallmarked Halley, Montpensier of Paris France
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Very rare 19th Century Grand Cross Breast Star Badge of the Monaco Order of Saint Charles | Solid Sterling Silver Embellished throughout with 18k Gold and Enamel | Hallmarked Halley, Montpensier of Paris France | Size: 3.5″ | Provenance: Part of a prominent Lifelong Military Medal Collection; Acquired from private Chicago, IL family of the collector | Very Good Condition.
The Order of Saint-Charles (French: Ordre de Saint-Charles) is a dynastic order of knighthood established in Monaco on 15 March 1858. The Order of Saint-Charles is Monaco’s most senior order, having been established by Prince Charles III in 1858. For nearly 100 years, it was Monaco’s only order. The Order of St Charles can be bestowed only by the Prince of Monaco of the Grimaldi Princely Family. It is the highest honor which can be bestowed. As such it is featured on the official royal arms of the Prince of Monaco. The order includes five grades which are; knight, officer, commander, grand officer and knight grand cross. Membership is open to Monegasque subjects and foreign nationals alike and is awarded for meritorious achievement or significant service to the Monegasque state or the Sovereign Prince. The order is named for St Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, patron of Prince Charles III and a relative of the Grimaldi family. The star of the order is emblazoned with the mottos “Princeps et Patria” and “Deo Juvante”.
The order membership is awarded by the current Grand-Master, Prince Albert II. Except for Members of the Princely Family and foreigners, one can only receive the Order first with the rank of Knight. To be awarded the following higher ranks, one must keep the lower rank for a set length of time:
Officer: four years as a Knight
Commander: three years as an Officer
Grand Officer: four years as a Commander
Grand Cross: five years as a Grand Officer
Nominations belong to the Grand-Master. The Chancellor proposes promotions. According to the Prince’s orders, the Chancellor proposes the projects of nomination and promotion ordonnances. The grantees must be received in the Order before wearing the decorations. The Grand-Master receives the Grand Crosses, Grand Officers and Commanders. The Chancellor receives the Officers and Knights. One exception : the foreigners will be admitted in the Order, but not received.
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Order of Saint Charles – Grand Cross Breast Star Badge