Order of the Star of Brabant, Grand Cross


SKU: 01.HSD.0104.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$15,000 USD

  • Order of the Star of Brabant, Grand Cross Obverse
  • Order of the Star of Brabant, Grand Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$15,000 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: H
  • Size
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Order of the Star of Brabant, Grand Cross is attributed to Andreas Thies, Catalog 56, April 9, 2014. Please see the following page for more information: https://www.andreas-thies.de/onTEAM/grafik/A56_033_064.pdf

Physical Description and Item Details

A Rupert cross constructed of silver gilt and enamels. The arms of the cross are in blue enamel with gilt borders. The obverse centre features a circular rayed gilt medallion with a turquoise enameled border, adorned with a gilt star consisting of eight rays and a gilt ball in the centre. The quadrants between the arms bear two small gilt balls each, in between a gilt double ring and divided by a star ray's tip. The reverse centre bears a circular medallion with the gilt monogram 'H' and a gilt crown above on a blue enamel background. On a loop for suspension, on a yellow and black striped sash ribbon.


The Order of the Star of Brabant was instituted on June 14, 1914 by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig in commemoration of the birthday of his ancestor, Duke Henry I of Brabant. The Order of the Star of Brabant was of equal status with the Order of Philip the Magnanimous. The order was meant to serve as a physical representation of the bond between the prince and his people. It was conferred upon both men and women, regardless of status or class, for civil merit within a number of fields.

The Order of the Star of Brabant originally consisted of twelve awards for men and four for women. The order was not conferred for war merit, and having been established immediately prior to World War I, it was not conferred often during the war years. The Order of the Star of Brabant became obsolete in 1918.

According to the Grand Ducal Hessian Government Gazette from the years 1915 to 1918, a total of 56 awards were conferred upon men and 11 to women. Members of the Order of the Star of Brabant were required to include the dignity received in their titles, and the sign of the order could be added to their coat of arms. The appointment of members was reserved solely for the Grand Duke and his successors in government. Individuals could not apply for the award. If a member was promoted to a higher class or died, the order had to be returned.

There is only one known recipient of the Grand Cross, awarded in 1915.


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