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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Magnificent silver-gilt and white enamel Maltese cross with gilt fleurs de lys between the arms, on swivel gilt crown suspension with eyelet; the face and reverse identical; height 89.04mm (3.5 inches), width of the cross 49.34mm (1.94 inches); on full-length sash. The Order, often popularly referred to as the ‘Knights of Malta’, was in existence certainly as long ago as the early years of the 12th Century and is still extant today. Originally based in Jerusalem, the Order moved to Tripoli following the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187 and to Rhodes by way of Cyprus after the fall of Acre in 1291. In 1522 Suleiman the Magnificent took Rhodes and the Order scattered. Charles V granted the Order the island of Malta and the Order settled here from 1530 to 1798 when Napoleon Bonaparte captured the island en route for Egypt. In 1834 the order established a new headquarters in Rome and took on its current humanitarian and ceremonial role with Grand Masters being appointed by the Pope. A superb example.

 
Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace with Sash
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