starofhonor1830

THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

'THE GLIMPS OF WAR REFLECTED IN THE BRAVERY AND SERVICE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OTHERS'

STAR OF HONOR 1830


(ORDRE DE L'ETOILE D'HONNEUR)


 

Here you will find all Belgian Military medals in existance from 1830 till the second World War. Each medal has a full description of its establishment, grades, wearing and design, combined with a collectors guide for rarity, age and differences in makers. The database does not give a value on Belgian military medals. 

HISTORY


The star of honor was created on 14 January 1831 by the provisional government of Belgium, that was established after the Revolution of Independence. It is the first award that was created by the new Belgian governement. The award was established for those who fought above and beyond the call of duty in the Belgian Revolution, wich let to the Belgian independence from the Netherlands. It is difficult to tell if the award had an National order status or not, but just like knighthood orders it was devited into three classes, wich needed to reflected the importance of the awardee. The 1st class could only be awarded to a person who participated in the revolution before 1 September 1830 and wasn't intermitted until the end the of the revolution. A military recipient of the Star of Honor was given the permission to bear arms. The 6th article of the degree states that the award only can be given for deeds rendered during the Revolution.

 

The Star of Honor created on the 14th of January 1831 was infact illegal because it wasn't approved and published by the 'CongrĂ©s National'. The Star of Honor was replaced later on by the legal  authorized Belgian Iron Cross 1830. Although the Star of Honor had a short existance, there were still a few examples made.

 

The Star of Honor is one of the rarest awards in all Belgian medals.

MAKERS, TYPES AND DIFFERENCES


TYPES

DISCRIPTION OF THE AWARD


The Star of Honor was a red enammeled five pointed star. Surrounded with a laurel and leaf branche between the arms of the arms. In the middle we find a gold round place engraved with a Belgian lion, surrouned by a black or blue enamelled circle with the word 'PATRIE' on top and a laurel and leaf on the bottem. According to article 4 of the degree, the first and second class have were made of gold fittings and the third class of silver.

 

The ribbon has a red collor with yellow and black stripes on the outside.

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