Sunday, September 14, 2014


In addition to the already existing decoration for sub-officers and privates of twelve or eighteen years' service, the Duke (Francis V.) founded on the 16th May, 1852, another Cross for officers who had served the uninterrupted space of twentyfive years, under the standard of the house of Este.

This Cross is of silver, with a golden edge and ring, and is worn on the left breast suspended by a white and blue ribbon.

The middle of the obverse contains a small blue enamelled medal, on which is seen the white eagle of Este under a royal crown. The reverse shows the cypher "XXV" in silver, upon golden ground.

Officers who have completed the fiftieth year of service receive a white enamelled cross, with the cypher "50 " on it ; in all other respects as just described.

Source : the book of orders of knighthood and decorations of honour of all nations, sir Bernard BURKE, 1858

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