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eMedals-Italy, Kingdom. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Grand Cross, by Tanfani & Bertarelli, c.1920

Item: EG2567

Italy, Kingdom. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Grand Cross, by Tanfani & Bertarelli, c.1920

Sale Date: November 14, 2018 Hammer Price

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Italy, Kingdom. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Grand Cross, by Tanfani & Bertarelli, c.1920

A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order Pro Merito Melitens; A gilded silvered Maltese Cross in white enamel, the centre medallion presents a white enamelled Maltese Cross over a red enamel central field, circumscribed by a ring of white enamel, inscribed “MIL. ORDO EQUITUM MELIT BENE MERENTI” (“Military Order of Merit”), the reverse with a red enameled medallion with a white-enamelled Maltese cross, surrounded by a ring of white enamel, measures 41.86 mm (w) x 64.61 mm (h - inclusive of Imperial Crown with horizontally pierced ball suspension adorned by cross), weighs 23.8 grams, displays repairs to crown with centre pieces reaffixed, on loop for suspension from period original sash ribbon, poor/fair. Accompanied by period original presentation case, maker marked “TANFANI & BERTARELLI ROMA” on inside cover, case measures 13.7 cm (w) x 27.3 cm (l) x 5.8 cm (h), and is in good condition.

 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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