Superb Read Eagle Order Breast Star
Breast Star in silver, center appliqu in Gold and enamels, 74mm, of superb quality manufacture, unmarked, in extremely fine condition, circa 1845; contained within fine quality leatherette original case off issue. Very rare. Attributed to Count Maurice Dietrichstein, tutor and Governor of Napoleon's son, who was also called " King of Rome," " Prince of Parma," " Napoleon II.," and " Duke of Reichstadt." For other awards attributed to Count Maurice Dietrichstein please see Item Numbers I168, D135 & IK363. Footnote: Count Maurice Joseph Dietrichstein was born in Vienna, Austria on August 27, 1775. During the Vienna Congress, he was attached to the King of Denmark. After he entered the Austrian military service at the Battle at Naples (1798), he together with his Commander-in-Chief, General Mack, fell into a French war-prison. He was a highly educated man, a " literary gentleman," and intimate friend of the great musician, Beethoven. From 1815 to 1830 he was young Napoleon's tutor and later, later he was appointed Intendant General of the Vienna Imperial theatre and director of the Habsburgian family library. He died on February 19, 1864. The family Dietrichstein went out with the General's son, Joseph Maurice, 1852.