Imperial Orders

Imperial and Military Order of St Faustin

The Imperial and Military Order of St Faustin (l’Ordre Impérial et Militaire de Saint-Faustin): funded by Emperor Faustin I on 21st September 1849. Conferred in recognition of zeal, patriotism, merit and talent by officers in the military and naval services of the empire. The order consisted of the Sovereign in his capacity as Grand Master, the Heir Apparent, and three ordinary classes (1. Grand Cross – conferred on all princes and dukes as of right, 2. Commander, and 3. Knight). The Order became obsolete in 1859 (author: Christopher Buyers).

Imperial Civil Order of the Cross of the Legion of Honour

The Imperial Civil Order of the Cross of the Legion of Honour (l’Ordre Impérial Civil de la Croix de la Légion d’Honneur): founded by Emperor Faustin I on 21st September 1849. Conferred on civil functionaries who merit distinctions for the services they have rendered to the nation. The order consisted of the Sovereign in his capacity as Grand Master, the Heir Apparent, and three ordinary classes (1. Grand Cordon, 2. Officer, and 3. Knight). Obsolete 1859. Appointment to the higher classes was limited only to those who had first held the grade of Knight. Obsolete 1859 (author: Christopher Buyers).

Order of St Mary Magdalen

The Order of St Mary Magdalen (l’Ordre de Sainte-Marie-Magdeleine): founded by Emperor Faustin I on 31st March 1856 and united with the Order of St Anne, created on the same date, as testimony to the gratitude for the blessings of Divine Providence bestowed upon the empire and on the emperor. Conferred as a special reward for zeal, military service and fidelity, civic service and virtue. The order consisted of the Sovereign in his capacity as Grand Master, a special class (Grand Collar) and three ordinary classes (1. Grand Cross – limited 40 recipients at any one time together with those of the Order of St Anne, 2. Commander – limited to 120 at any one time together with those of the Order of St Anne, and 3. Knight – unlimited). Appointment to the higher classes was limited only to those who had first held the grade of Knight. Obsolete 1859 (author: Christopher Buyers).

Order of St Anne

The Order of St Anne (l’Ordre de Sainte-Anne): founded by Emperor Faustin I on 31st March 1856 and united with the Order of St Mary Magdalen, created on the same date, as testimony to the gratitude for the blessings of Divine Providence bestowed upon the empire and on the emperor. Conferred as a special reward for zeal, military service and fidelity, civic service and virtue. The order consisted of the Sovereign in his capacity as Grand Master, a special class (Grand Collar) and three ordinary classes (1. Grand Cross – limited 40 recipients at any one time together with those of the Order of St Mary Magdalen, 2. Commander – limited to 120 at any one time together with those of the Order of St Mary Magdalen, and 3. Knight – unlimited). Appointment to the higher classes was limited only to those who had first held the grade of Knight. Obsolete 1859 (author: Christopher Buyers).

Arthus-Bertrand in Paris

The decorations are still being made by Arthus-Bertrand in Paris, the makers of the original insignia. Arthus-Bertrand was founded in Paris in 1803 by Claude Arthus-Bertrand, an army officer during the French Revolution. Artists who have designed for the firm include Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (sculptor of the Statue of Liberty) and Fernand Léger. Arthus-Bertrand has had many distinguished clients to include the French government. It is the official manufacturer of the French Legion of Honor and has made insignia for the Society of the Cincinnati and the Order of Lafayette. The Uniform consists of a dark blue jacket with red, gold edged collar and cuffs worn with blue trousers.