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eMedals-Honduras, Republic. An Order of Santa Rosa and of Civilization, Grand Cross Star, by Lemaitre, c.1880

Item: EG2855

Honduras, Republic. An Order of Santa Rosa and of Civilization, Grand Cross Star, by Lemaitre, c.1880

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Honduras, Republic. An Order of Santa Rosa and of Civilization, Grand Cross Star, by Lemaitre, c.1880

(Orden de Santa Rosa y de la Civilización de Honduras). Instituted in 1868. (1868-1901 Issue). An eight-pointed faceted star in silver, featuring sets of diamond cut silver rays, obverse centre applique with a beautiful centrepiece consisting of a ball-tipped enamelled white Maltese cross, surrounded by a detailed enamelled green laurel wreath also in silver gilt, centre medallion in silver gilt depicting the arms of Honduras in Gold, surrounded by the inscription ORDEN DE Sa. ROZA Y DE LA CIVILIZACION (Order of Santa Rosa and the Civilization) on a enamelled green border, reverse with pin assembly and dual stays, maker’s mark of RUE COQUILLERE N. 42 LEMAITRE Ft D’ORDRES PARIS on the reverse cartouche, hallmarked with boars head/French assay silver hallmark denoting manufacture since 1838 on the pin and the catch, partial period maker’s mark on the pin, measuring 85.08 mm (w) x 84.09 mm (h), with minor cracked white enamels and lost of gilt, 11 o’clock arm slightly pushing inside for wear, extremely fine.

Footnote: The Order of Santa Rosa and the Civilization was instituted in Honduras by President José María Medina on February 21, 1868 in five classes with different versions for military, civil and religious merit. It was founded as recognition of Honduras’s diplomatic initiatives by conferring orders on diplomats of other countries. This is the first order created in Honduras, and it was awarded by last time in 1901

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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