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About this itemOne of the world's most beautiful Orders, the craftsmanship is early made from solid fine silver and richly gold plated, with exquisite extra fine detailed enamel work, and quality workmanship.
Silver and white enamel cross flory, each arm consisting of five rays, the central ray ball-tipped, with green enamel laurel wreath between the arms, on oval green enamel laurel wreath suspension; the face with a circular central white enamel medallion bearing the multi-coloured Serbian crown within a raised ribbed circular silver border; the reverse with a circular central white enamel medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Alexander and dated 3-X 1929 (3 October 1929) within a raised ribbed circular silver border; a minute pinhole to the central ray of the upper arm of the face, very slight chips elsewhere visible under magnification; on original ribbon in original Presentation Case.
This Order was instituted on 5 April 1930 to be awarded to those who gave exceptional service to the Crown, the state and, especially, the unity of Yugoslavia.
History: Yugoslavia was created after World War I and known originally as the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, although it also contained Montenegrins, Macedonians, Albanians, Bosniaks and others. Tensions between Croats, who had been under Austro-Hungarian rule, and Serbs who had become independent of Ottoman rule in the 19th Century were evident from the outset, once there was no exterior enemy to unite against. Differences of language, alphabet, religion, economic development and culture that exploded in 1990s were already increasingly evident in 1929 when King Alexander suspended the Constitution, banned political parties and changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia.The Order was abolished in 1945. A superb example of an increasingly rare order.
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