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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Large and impressive eight-pointed rayed faceted silver gilt star; the face with an imposed gilt-edged red enamel Greek (Geneva) cross, five-pointed silver gilt stars between the arms, with a circular central polychrome enamel medallion bearing the arms of the Republic of Cuba within a white enamel ring inscribed in gilt letters ‘INTER INIMICOS CHARITAS • ORDEN DE HONOR Y MERITO 1909’ (Charity between enemies • Order of Merit and Honour 1909); the reverse with pins for wear and a large clasp bearing silver hallmarks, a maker’s plaque imposed centrally inscribed ‘BOULLANGER 5 RUE DAUNOU CI-DEVANT 24 R DE LA PAIX PARIS’ within a belt inscribed ‘SPECIALITÉ D’ORDRES FRANÇAIS & ÉTRANGERS’ (Specialising in French and Foreign Orders); the upper and left arms of the cross each with a small chip, cracks to the white enamel ring, though all enamel still present; diameter 87mm (3⅜ inches). The Cuban Red Cross was founded by Diego Tamayo y Figueredo on 10 March 1909 and recognised by the International Red Cross on 7 September 1909. The relatively small size of the Cuban Red Cross and the political history of Cuba make all its orders rare, especially in senior grades. A rare and impressive piece of outstanding quality.

 
Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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Order of Merit and Honour of the National Red Cross, Grand Cross (Orden de Honor y Mérito de la Cruz Roja Cubana, Gran Cruz) by Boullanger, Paris
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