Italian WWII Order of the Roman Eagle Award 5th Class/Knight w/o Swords-This is a very scarce award, and I’m not sure we’ve ever had one of these on the website. This ornate award is the 5th Class/Knight w/o Swords. The award consists of a golden Roman Eagle on purple background. The Eagle is fixed on various crosses from Knight to Grand Officer. On the obverse there are three Fasces. In beautiful white, purple and green enamel with gilt, this is just beautiful. Some cracking to the left arm of the white cross on the obverse, but otherwise in excellent condition. This includes a full portion of purple and white ribbon. Just beautiful scarce award!
History: The Fascist Order of the Roman Eagle was founded in 1942 with civil and military divisions and abolished in Italy in 1944; although it continued to be awarded by Benito Mussolini in the short-lived Italian Social Republic until 1945. It is the highest knightly order of Italy. It was founded in 1942 with civil and military divisions under the Kingdom of Italy. In 1946 it was founded again by the newborn Italian Social Republic. Its eligibility is anyone who has procured both military and civilian great and meritorious services to Italy, Fascism or Roman Imperial ideal.