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    gjmcleod
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    Can somebody please give a answer as to what this Cross is and which country it comes from.
    It is 50mm wide, or 55mm diagonally across the points. Obverse and reverse are identical. The cross hangs from inside the crown.
    Regards
    Graeme
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    #17110

    gjmcleod
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    I couldn’t see the image in my last post, so I’m assuming others couldn’t either……so here it is , hopefully for all to see.
    Graeme
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    #17174

    britanis
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    Badge of the Hospitalier Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem [Spain} See http://www.orderstjohn.org/osj/spain.htm for detailed info

    #17185

    gjmcleod
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    Thanks for your reply. However the reference you provided seems to describe a different medal. The one I have has neither the fleurs de lis, nor the letter "H". Is mine a very junior award?

    Graeme (Thanks for your efforts)

    #17203

    britanis
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    Sorry for delayed reply!

    Yes, many insignia varients exist. Spanish identifiable usually by "H" in center but not always: other indications include red rays between cross arms and lack of fleur-de-lis between cross arms. Often badges appear on braided black/white cords instead of ribbons, anoher indicator of "Spanish’ insignia. [some examples: https://www.google.com/search?q=THE+HOS … 2#imgdii=_ and http://www.medal-medaille.com/order-kni … 10328.html].

    As you see by the group’s history sometimes ‘confusion’ over insignia could result in "Spanish" members being recognized as "Malta" members to an individual’s potential social benefit. At times, the ‘Spanish" Order was somehow not ‘quite legitimate’ in others’ opinions.

    #17205

    gjmcleod
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    Thanks for your further post. It’s all becoming clearer. Many thanks.
    G.

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