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eMedals-Turkey, Ottoman Empire. An Order of Medjidie (Mecidiye), V Class Knight, c.1915

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Turkey, Ottoman Empire. An Order of Medjidie (Mecidiye), V Class Knight, c.1915

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Turkey, Ottoman Empire. An Order of Medjidie (Mecidiye), V Class Knight, c.1915

Mecidiye Nişanı. Instituted in 1851. Likely of German manufacture, consisting of Gold and red enamelled insignia, mounted to a silver seven-pointed star base, each of the arms with five faceted rays, measuring 57.7 mm (w) x 73.7 mm (h) inclusive of its silver and red enamelled crescent moon and star suspension, chipping evident in the red enamels on one of the raised bars on the centrepiece ring and on the crescent moon of the suspension, on its original triangular ribbon with hook and eye, near extremely fine.

Footnote: The Order of Medjidie (Mecidiye) was instituted in 1851. It was issued in considerable numbers by Sultan Abdülmecid, as a reward for distinguished service to members of the British Army and the Royal Navy and the French Army who came to the aid of the Ottoman Empire during the Crimean War against Russia. In Britain, it was worn after any British gallantry and campaign medals awarded, but before the Turkish Crimean War medal. The Order was usually conferred on officers but a few enlisted soldiers also received it in a lower class. During the First World War, it was also awarded to a number of German, Austrian and Bulgarian officers. The Order was often conferred on non-Turkish nationals. It was awarded in five classes: First Class Order (Gold); Second Class Order (Gold); Third Class Order (Gold);Fourth Class Order (Gold); and Fifth Class Order.

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