Order of Orange-Nassau, Civil Divison, Grand Officer Breast Star


SKU: 01.NLD.0103.104.01.002

Estimated market value:

$350 USD

  • Order of Orange-Nassau, Civil Divison, Grand Officer Breast Star
  • Order of Orange-Nassau, Civil Divison, Grand Officer Breast Star Reverse
  • Order of Orange-Nassau, Civil Divison, Grand Officer Breast Star Maker Cartouche

Estimated market value:

$350 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    These stars are of high quality manufacture, but common.

Physical Description and Item Details

Netherlands, Kingdom. An Order of Orange-Nassau, Grand Officer Star, by M. J. Goudsmit, c.1920

(Orde van Oranje-Nassau). Instituted on 4 April 1892 by Queen-Regent Emma. A four pointed silver star consisting of 48 individual rays, obverse centre in Gold, featuring a lion on a blue enameled field with white enameled surround bearing the motto “JE MAINTIENDRAI” (“I SHALL MAINTAIN”), the reverse has a vertical pinback and makers cartouche for M. J. Goudsmit, La Haye, Dutch silver hallmark “ZII” indicating from 1953 to present and silver fineness 0.835, hallmarked on pin and catch with Dutch import/duty mark "vreemd" for used imported objects between 1906 and 1953, measures 84.93 mm (w) x 84.91 mm (h), weighs 51.8 g, moderate tarnishing around centre disc, and in near extremely fine condition.


The Order of Orange-Nassau was established by Queen Emma in the name of her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, in 1892. It was considered necessary to establish another order following the discontinuation of the Order of the Oak Crown and the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau in the Netherlands. It is currently the most widely conferred order in the Netherlands. The reigning Dutch monarch is the Grand Master of the Order.

The Order is conferred upon Dutch citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious service to Dutch society. During the Second World War, it was conferred upon Dutch and Allied military personnel for participation in the liberation of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies.

The Order is conferred in a Civil Division and Military Division. The decorations of the Civil Division feature a laurel wreath between the arms of the cross. All decorations are meant to be returned to the state following the death of a member.

The Grand Officer Breast Star features an obverse inscription that translates to, "I Shall Maintain." There may be additional versions that differ in size, composition, or manufacturer.


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