Jump to content

Croix de l'ordre de Saint-Louis

Recommended Posts


I found an order of Croix of Saint Louis, but I have a some questions about it.  Is there any specialist in the room? :) 

My doubts are:

- for the inscription (BELL. VIRTUTIS  PRAEM) is prior to the restoration,  but I can not see from what period. Louis XV? Louis XVI?

- I don't think it's a fake, but I miss the space within the word VIRT UTIS,  as well as the length of the sword.

On the obverse, the king seems to be very small.

I have seen several medals of Croix of Saint Louis and they are all different,  but I would like to know your opinions with this little.




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


Your cross has the appearance of the time of Louis XVI ( suspension and no ball with the points)
On the other hand the centers remind me of the more modern crosses of the Restoration (1815-1830).

Either it is the work of a french local or foreign goldsmith.
Either it is an old repaired cross during the Restoration.

All the abbreviations of the legends exist and  length of the sword,  size of Saint Louis was not a problem.

For me it is a beautiful cross authentic but probably made after the French Revolution in the years 1815.
It seems to me discern on the observe at the base of the suspension a golden hallmark "cock's head" (1809-1817)


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Anna_M


The Order is OK and very nice I agree that it is the Louis XVI period

It was a common practice to use Orders from one period with parts from the next one Sometimes old Crosses were adapted to the new period The existence  of different crosses is due to different makers Some crosses are marked for Gold some are not

Here are three Orders from LouisXVI , LouisXVIII and the July Monarchy period (Cross adapted by removing the Loius XVIII Model lilies between the arms







Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...