Badge & plaque in case

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badge and breast star: metal, enamel case: textile, leather, cardboard
Overall: 2 x 5 x 11 in. ( 5.1 x 12.7 x 27.9 cm )
Medal suspended from a red ribbon in a case. Gold starburst with white enamel arms, with a red enamel heart surrounded by a ring of green thorns. Red and white enamel cross suspended from the badge. Larger starburst chest features a central enamel cross surrounded by diamonds, below a red enamel heart. Insignia of the Order of Christ of Portugal, Commander
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The Military Order of Christ was founded by King Dinis I of Portugal in 1317 to protect members of the Knights Templar persecuted in Europe. By 1789, Queen Maria I of Portugal secularized the order, transforming it into a military order. Today, the order can be conferred on anyone, for service to the state. The Commander wears the badge of the Order on a necklet, and the star of the Order in silver on the left chest.

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group