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eMedals-Portugal, Kingdom. A Military Order of the Tower and the Sword, Knight, c.1900

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Portugal, Kingdom. A Military Order of the Tower and the Sword, Knight, c.1900

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Portugal, Kingdom. A Military Order of the Tower and the Sword, Knight, c.1900

(Ordem Militar da Torre e Espada do Valor, Lealdade e Mérito). Instituted 1808 in Rio de Janeiro, by King John VI. Charles I’s issue. In silver, a ball-tipped five pointed enameled white star, surrounded by a green enameled laurel wreath with a Portuguese tower on the top, obverse centre in silver gilt depicting a sword insignia encircled by an electric blue enameled border inscribed VALOR LEALDADE E MERITO (Valour, Loyalty, and Merit), the reverse centre also in silver gilt depicting an open book surrounded by an electric blue enameled border with the inscription PELO REI E PELA LEI (The King and the Law), measuring 42.15 mm (w) x 49.29 mm (h - inclusive of integral ball), with minor enamel loss, accompanied by original silk ribbon, near to mint.

Footnote: The Military Order of the Tower and the Sword was established by Prince Regent John, the future King John VI, in 1808. It was instituted in Rio de Janeiro in commemoration of the safe voyage of the Royal Family from Portugal to Brazil following the invasion of Napoleon in 1807. It was expressly created as a non-religious decoration in order for the Prince Regent to reward the non-Catholic British citizens who escorted the Royal Family on their voyage.

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