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eMedals-Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of the Tower and Sword, 2nd Class Officer’s Collar in Gold, c.1860

Item: EG1462

Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of the Tower and Sword, 2nd Class Officer’s Collar in Gold, c.1860

Sale Date: February 6, 2019 Hammer Price

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Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of the Tower and Sword, 2nd Class Officer’s Collar in Gold, c.1860

(Ordem militar da torre e espada). Instituted 1808. Type II (1832-1910). A very rare Officer’s Collar composed 24 individual 18k Gold links, both towers & books, with the central link featuring the coat of arms of the House of Braganza, accompanied by the collar badge of the Order exhibiting a five-pointed white-enamelled star in Gold, surrounded by a green-enamelled laurel wreath also in Gold, obverse centre in Gold with the sword insignia surrounded by the inscription “Valor, Lealdade e Merito”, reverse centre applique depicting an open book surrounded by the inscription “Pelo Rei e Pelo Lei”, measuring 41.03 mm (w) x 56.71 (h - inclusive ring suspension), with flat roof tower denoting manufacture mid 19th century, weighting 70.0 g, exhibiting wear and some enamel loss, fine.

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. The Order is currently conferred in recognition of meritorious command of military troops and outstanding merit in the highest government offices.

It is also conferred upon Portuguese civilians and military personnel in recognition of acts of heroism and exceptional acts of courage and sacrifice that have benefited the nation and humankind. 

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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