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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Jerusalem cross, the four main arms of blue enamel, the four crosslets of white enamel, on silver swivel crown suspension; the face with a crowned shield centrally imposed bearing the arms of the Lusignan kings of Cyprus (1192-1489); the reverse plain; lacking ribbon. The Order was created in 1881 by ‘Marie de Lusignan’, wife of ‘Guy de Lusignan’, self-styled Prince of Jerusalem, of Cyprus and of Armenia. When he died in 1905, her lover took over as ‘Grand Master’, having awarded himself the title ‘Comte d'Alby de Gratigny’. The Order seems to have become defunct about 1910. This is fertile ground for Da Vinci Code conspiracy theorists, with Jerusalem and Lusignan visual clues. The founder of the order and her husband were, however, well known for creating orders for financial gain and social prestige and he seems to have started life named ‘Kafta’ and to have become a Maronite priest before taking on a royal title. A rare piece with an interesting history.

 
Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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Order of Melusine, knight (Ordre de Mélusine, chevalier)
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