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September 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm #12642
Can anyone identify this breast star? The scalloped designs in the cross arms and the fleur de lis in between, resemble a few of the Italian States stars that I have seen. But, the center which appears to be a Madonna and Child, I have not found any where. Belgium jeweler maker is "G.Wolfers" in Brussels. Thank you, Rick Strotjost, OMSA #6669[attachment=0]DSC05269_edited-1.JPG[/attachment][attachment=1]DSC05267_edited-1.JPG[/attachment][attachment=2]DSC05268_edited-1.JPG[/attachment]
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.October 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm #16864
Any theories, opinions, or SWAGs? Still have had no luck identifying this star. Thank you, RickNovember 13, 2013 at 2:02 am #16858Frank DutilParticipant
The plaque itself is from an old royal order from France, either St-Louis or St-Esprit. The center though makes no sense… It’s as if somebody took a partial or damaged part of an order and just slapped a new central medallion on it.June 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm #17157
Thank you Frank, I am sorry I did not see your reply sooner, to respond. Best regards, RichardJune 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm #17158
I forgot to mention in the post, that it is in it’s original case of issue, with makers name in the inside of the lid. The center medallion is fitted to the center of the plaque perfectly and has the same patina as the rest of the piece. Doesn’t look like a hap hazard replacement.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.July 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm #17184Frank DutilParticipant
A French colleague suggests this is possibly the Order of Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, a pre-1789 French order. I can’t find anything to support that but it might prove a good starting point.
Cheers!July 17, 2014 at 4:02 am #17187
Thank you Frank, I appreciate your help! Best regards, RichardJuly 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm #17191fred j borgmannParticipant
To me the key here is that the Madonna is holding a sword instead of the usual scepter. My guess would be that this is a privately made religious ephemeral order.
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