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  • International. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, I Class Grand Cross Sash
  • International. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, I Class Grand Cross Sash

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International. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, I Class Grand Cross Sash

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International. A Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, I Class Grand Cross Sash

(Italian: Sovrano militare ordine di Malta; Latin: Supremus Ordo Militaris Hospitalis Sancti Ioannis Hierosolymitani Rhodius et Melitensis). Instituted in 1099. A mid to early 20th century sash fabricated from silk, incorporating a decorative moiré pattern, with a solid black field throughout, a large two-level bow-tied rosette with a ribbon tie sewn in place near the bottom end for the placement of the badge, measuring 103 mm wide x 770 mm in length, vibrant colour, intact stitching, extremely fine.

 

Footnote: The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) or the Order of Malta, is a Catholic lay religious order traditionally of military, chivalrous and noble nature. The Order, often popularly referred to as the "Knights of Malta", was in existence certainly as long ago as the early years of the Twelfth Century and is still extant today. Originally based in Jerusalem, the Order moved to Tripoli following the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187 and to Rhodes by way of Cyprus after the fall of Acre in 1291. In 1522 Suleiman the Magnificent took Rhodes and the Order scattered. Charles V granted the Order the island of Malta and the Order settled here from 1530 to 1798 when Napoleon Bonaparte captured the island en route for Egypt. In 1834, the order established a new headquarters in Rome and took on its current humanitarian and ceremonial role with Grand Masters being appointed by the Pope.

 

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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