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San Marino, gilt silver military decoration (neck badge and breast star), Equestrian Order of Saint

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San Marino, gilt silver military decoration (neck badge and breast star), Equestrian Order of Saint
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San Marino, gilt silver military decoration (neck badge and breast star), Equestrian Order of Saint Marinus, Grand Officer, by Raviolo & Gardino (early 1900s). Badge: 43.46 grams total, 3-1/4" x 2" with ribbon 1-3/4" wide (unfolded) and 13' long; star: 66.97 grams, 3-1/2" in diameter. Neck badge: multi-piece construction, consisting of a white-enameled cross with castles in quadrants, center ring blue-enameled with legend SAN MARINO PROTETTORE (star) on front around portrait of Saint Marinus, shield on reverse inside MERITO CIVILE, with crown suspension and ring, threaded on its original blue-and-white neck ribbon, with only expected minor contact-marks from use, no cracking or flaking to enamels, Extremely Fine overall. Breast Star: silver gilt white-enameled cross with green-enameled wreath in background and studded center ring around blue-enameled center reading RELINQUO / VOS LIBEROS / AB UTROQUE / HOMINE, all on a convex, studded and pinholed eight-point silver star base with pins on back, with intact enamels, some tarnishing, Extremely Fine overall. Both without hallmarks but made by D. Cravanzola of Rome, Italy. The Order of San Marino (also known as the Civil and Military Equestrian Order of Saint Marinus) is the main Order of Merit for the Republic of San Marino. Established on August 13, 1859, the order is presented for outstanding civil or military services to the Republic, or for humanitarian, artistic, political or scientific accomplishment, and is one of only two Orders awarded by San Marino.