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John Francis Edward Acton was born in Besancon in June 1736, the son of Edward Acton, a physician. He served under his uncle in the Tuscan Navy and commanded the Tuscan frigates present at the Spanish-led invasion of Algiers in 1775, on which occasion he distinguished himself, bringing his ships inshore to save the Spanish disembarkation from a feigned retreat and trap set by the Algerines. Henry Swinburne later wrote that the Spanish would have...
Sold for £2,900
Emmerich Joseph Heribert, afterwards the Duke of Dalberg, was born in Mainz in May 1773, the son of Baron Wolfgang Heribert. Entering the service of Baden in 1803, as a second class Privy Counsellor and Minister to Paris, he became a full Privy Counsellor in November 1806, shortly after his father’s death, and was awarded the House Order of Fidelity on the same occasion.
After the Treaty of Schonbrunn in 1809, he entered the service of Napol...
Sold for £2,100
Germany, Baden, House Order of Fidelity, Grand Cross breast star by Biennais, Paris, 86 x 86mm., silver, gold and enamel, unmarked, with green leather backing inscribed in gold, ‘Bienn a.....évre de L’Emp..... et Roi. a ..is’, inscription obscured by pin-fitting, lacking pin and support prongs, good very fine and rare £2500-3000
Sold for £5,800
Italian States, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Order of St. Ferdinand and of Merit, Grand Cross breast star, 70 x 70mm., silver, gold and enamel, reverse centre inscribed, ‘Chauffertaine Palais Royal No. 168 a Paris’, complete with pin-fitting and support prongs, enamel damage to blue central surround, very fine £2500-3000
Sold for £3,850
The scion of an ancient family in the Austrian Tyrol, where the Arcos were first registered as nobility in 1361, Johann Maximilian was born in April 1806. The owner of vast estates and art treasures, he served as a Royal Chamberlain and Privy Counsellor of Bavaria, gaining appointment as a Grand Commander of the Order of St. George in April 1850 and as High Chancellor of the Order in 1866, which latter office he occupied until his death in Venice...
Sold for £2,400
Germany, Bavaria, Royal Merit Order of St. Michael, Grand Cross breast star by Eduard Quellhorst, Munich, 94 x 94mm., silver, silver-gilt and enamel, manufacturer’s plate on reverse centre, lacking pin, otherwise good very fine £1200-1500
Sold for £3,200
Germany, Bavaria, Military House Order of St. George, Grand Commander breast star by Eduard Quellhorst, Munich, 66 x 66mm., silver and enamel, manufacturer’s plate on reverse centre, complete with twin pin fitting, slight enamel damage to two arms, very fine
Sold for £3,400
Germany, Bavaria, Military House Order of St. George, miniature dress badge, 24 x 16mm., together with five miniature collar chain links, by Eduard Quellhorst, Munich, gold and enamel, fitments stamped ‘EQ’ and ‘18’, good very fine
Sold for £2,300
Richard Maximilian Dalberg Acton was born in August 1870, son of the 1st Baron and Countess Marie Arco-Valley of Munich. Completing his education at Magdalen College, Oxford, he entered the Foreign Office in 1894, and was appointed 3rd Secretary in the Diplomatic Service in Berlin in 1896 and 2nd Secretary in 1900.
Having then succeeded to his father’s titles, becoming the 9th Baronet of Aldenham and 2nd Baron Acton in 1902, he was appointed...
Sold for £350
France, Third Republic, Legion of Honour, Grand Officer’s set of insignia, breast badge, gold and enamel, some enamel damage, rosette on ribbon; breast star, silver, reverse lacking pin and support prongs, very fine (2) £300-400
Sold for £400
Germany, Prussia, Order of the Crown, 2nd type, 1st Class sash badge, 61 x 61mm., gold and enamel, edge stamped, ‘S.W’, lacking suspension loop, nearly extremely fine £1000-1200
Sold for £1,500
Dorothy (nee Lyon), Lady Acton, was born in January 1876 and married the 2nd Baron Acton in June 1904, while he was serving as 2nd Secretary in the Diplomatic Service in Berne. Her subsequent award of the Prussian Order of the Crown, for Red Cross work, most likely stemmed from good deeds during her husband’s posting to Darmstadt 1911-14, while her Belgian Queen Elisabeth Medal and Serbian Red Cross Decoration no doubt reflected like services w...
Sold for £1,400
Austria, Teutonic Order, Knight of Honour neck badge, 88 x 41mm., silver-gilt and enamel, with a length of neck ribbon, minor enamel damage to ‘plumes’, good very fine £200-250
Sold for £680
Austria, Teutonic Order, Marianer Cross breast badge, silver and enamel; Red Cross Decoration, Knight’s breast badge, silver and enamel, with incorrect ribbon, this last with enamel damage to reverse centre, very fine; the first nearly extremely fine (2) £140-180
Sold for £190
Brazil, Empire, Imperial Order of the Southern Cross, 1st type Officer’s breast badge, 57 x 35mm., gold and enamel, rosette on ribbon, enamel damage to wreath below crown, slight damage elsewhere, good very fine, scarce £700-900
Sold for £1,800
Brazil, Empire, Imperial Order of the Rose, Knight’s breast badge, 53 x 33mm., silver-gilt and enamel, good very fine £300-400
Sold for £1,000
Brazil, Empire, Order of Pedro I, Knight’s breast badge, 59 x 30mm., silver-gilt and enamel, lacking obverse and reverse inscriptions, n.r., enamel damage and repair, very fine, scarce £300-400
Brazil, Republic, Order of the Southern Cross, 2nd type Commander’s neck badge, gilt metal and enamel, with neck cravat and lapel rosette, in La Royale, Rio de Janeiro case of issue, good very fine £100-140
Sold for £140
China, People’s Republic, Medals and Badges (60) including: Revolutionary Military Commission Red Star Medal, 3rd Class; New 4th Army HQ. Medal; Ji-Lu-Yu Military Region Meritorious Service Medal; Hua Field Army 2nd People’s Hero Medal; Hero’s Badge of the 2nd Column of the East Hua Field Army; Northeast Democratic United Army Medal (2); South Ji Military Region 2nd Merit Badge; Hainan Island Liberation Badge; Huai-Hai Campaign Badge (2);...
Sold for £250
Cuba, Republic, Revolution Medal 4 September 1933, gilt, with ‘Libertad’ suspension bar, lacking suspension fitting, edge bruise; Red Cross Distinguished Service Medal, obverse: Henry Dunant, silver-gilt, with gilt brooch bar; Order of Carlos Balino, gilt medal, for 30 years service in the tobacco industry, with slip bar on ribbon, very fine (3) £100-140
Cuba, Republic, Magistrate’s Decoration, silver; University of Havana Professor’s Decoration, silver-gilt and enamel, both lacking ribbon, very fine and better (2) £80-100
Sold for £70
Cuba, Republic, National Institute of Criminology Decoration, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, no ribbon, extremely fine £100-150
Sold for £160
Cuba, Republic, ‘Academia de la Salle’ Medals (3), one for ‘Honor’; another for ‘Exactitud’, enamelled; 9th National Medical Congress Medal 1955, bronze, with brooch bar; 2nd Inter-American Radiological Congress Medal 1946, silver base metal, with brooch bar; Cuban Orphan Society Easter Festival Medal 1900, plastic, with brooch bar, all with ribbon, very fine and better (6) £40-60
Sold for £40
Egypt, Republic, Liberation of Kuwait Medal 1990-91, 2nd Class, silver and enamel, stamp marks on reverse, no ribbon, good very fine £70-90
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