Vatican Medal Order Saint Gregory the great Grand cross

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  • Sold Date: May 18,2011
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Vatican

Order of Saint Gregory the great

Grand Cross Knight

with sash in case of issue

by Alegre - Madrid

Very Gorgeous and impressive Official decoration of: "Saint Gregory the Great".

Gregory XVI founded this order to reward the civil and military virtues of subjects of the Papal States by brief "Quod Summis", 1 sept., 1831 and placed it under the patronage of the great pope whose name it bears. It has two divisions, civil and military; this is the civil in, Grand Cross Knight of the second class. 59mm (central piece), The enameled is splendid with a minor loosenings!! The silk band has 73cm, large, and it has insignificant humidity spots. The box is in pristine condition and it has the seal from Alegre/ joyero/ Espoz y Mina. 3 Madrid

divided into four classes, viz.:

# Grand Cross Knights of the First Class;

# Grand Cross Knights of the Second Class;

# Commanders, and

# simple Knights.

The decoration is a bifurcated or eight-pointed red enamelled gold cross, in the centre of which is a blue medallion on which is impressed in gold the image of St. Gregory , and at the side of his head near the right ear is a dove ; in a circle around the image appears in golden letters "S. Gregorius Magnus". On the reverse side is the device, "Pro Deo et Principe", and in the centre around it, GREGORIUS XVI. P. M. ANNO. 1.

The badge is the cross of the order surrounded with silver rays.

The ribbon of the order is red with orange borders.

The cross worn by a knight of the military division is surmounted by a military trophy;

the cross of a knight of the civil division is surmounted by a crown of gold oak leaves.

The costume of ceremony is a dress coat of dark green open in front, and covered on breast and back with embroideries in the form of oak leaves. White trousers with silver side stripes, a bicornered ornamented hat, and the usual knightly sword, complete the costume, which is rarely worn.

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