Knight of Saint-Louis with Ordre Royal et Militaire. Louis XIV, 1706.

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Knight of St. Louis, Reign of Louis XIV

Knight of St. Louis (Chevalier de St. Louis), Reign of Louis XIV 1706.

The Ordre Royal et Militaire de Saint-Louis was founded on 5 April 1693  by King Louis XIV of France and awarded for military merit. 1791, the order was canceled and in 1814 by Louis XVIII. reintroduced. 1830, the order was finally canceled. The Order consisted of three classes and the number of members was limited:

  • Grand-Croix on 8 members
  • Commandeur to 28 members
  • Chevalier

Chevalier de Saint-Louis. Rege de Louis XIV 1706.

Source: “Modes et Costumes Historiques“. Drawing by Xavier Willemin. Edited and steel engraving by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864.


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