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Difference Between Order of the Iron Trefoil 3rd. & 4th. Class


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Hi everyone!

OK, I'm not seeing it, so what is the difference between the 3rd. & 4th. classes of the Order of the Iron Trefoil?  They're both the same size (right?), etc., so what am I missing?  Photos would help as well!  ;)



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Not really my field but I think the only difference is the way the order was supposed to be worn and because of that different type of ribbon.
3rd class was to be suspended from the buttonhole while the 4th class was worn on the left side of the chest.
Also based on some of the examples I've seen 3rd class has larger suspension ring, I don't know if that's the case with every single order.

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3 hours ago, paul wood said:

I think Radmilo has the answer, the only way to be absolutely 100% certain in my opinion, as they are both of 42mm width is either the case of issue or an award document, especially if the ribbon has gone AWOL.


Wow, that makes things a little difficult!


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