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  • Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950
  • Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950
  • Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950
  • Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950
  • Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950

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Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950

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Belgium, Kingdom. An Order of the African Star, Commander, c.1950

(Ordre de l'Étoile africaine). Instituted 1888. 1908-1960 issue. Constructed of silver gilt, consisting of a ball-tipped enameled white Maltese cross with enameled blue frame, encircled by a tide enameled green palm wreath along the arms, the obverse with superposed central medallion in silver gilt bearing a five-pointed star, on an enameled blue background, encircled by the inscription TRAVAIL ET PROGRES (Labour and Progress), the reverse centre also in silver gilt depicting the royal cypher of Leopold II, on an enameled red background, suspended by a period royal crown in silver gilt, marked by hallmark denoting silver content of .950, along with an unreadable maker’s mark on the ring, measuring 56.59 mm (w) x 89.91 mm (h - inclusive of royal crown), presenting major loss of gilt, toned silver, and minor loss of enamel, suspended by original full-length neck ribbon, extremely fine condition.

 

Footnote: The Order of the African Star was founded by King Leopold II by an unpublished decree on December 30, 1888. It was originally created as an Order of the Congo Free State, but was integrated into the national hierarchy of decorations in Belgium after the Congo Free State ceased to be a private domain of King Leopold II in 1908. The Order was discontinued on June 30, 1960 following the independence of the Congo in the same year.

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