The ribbon and badge in amazing condition with no medal or enamel damage, the red original C. Carlman fitted case of issue is in great condition for its age, only showing minor marks and scratches. The Royal Order of the Polar/North Star (Swedish: Kungliga Nordstjärneorden) was created by King Frederick I on 23 February 1748, together with the Order of the Sword and the Order of the Seraphim.
The Order of the Polar Star was until 1975 intended as a reward for Swedish and foreign "civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions". Its motto is, as seen on the blue enameled centre of the badge, Nescit Occasum, a Latin phrase meaning "It knows no decline". This is to represent that Sweden is as constant as a never setting star. The Order's colour is black.
This was chosen so that when wearing the black sash, the white, blue and golden cross would stand out and shine as the light of enlightenment from the black surface. The choice of black for the Order's ribbon may also have been inspired by the black ribbon of the French Order of St. Michael, which at the time the Order of the Polar Star was instituted was also awarded to meritorious civil servants. At present, the ribbon of the Order is blue with yellow stripes near the edges i. The national colours, but the reverse of the Order of the Sword's yellow ribbon with blue stripes near the edges.
Women and clergy men are not called knight or commander but simply as Member (Ledamot). After the reorganisation of the orders in 1975 the order is only awarded to foreigners and members of the royal family. It is often awarded to foreign office holders (such as prime and senior ministers) during Swedish state visits. It is also awarded to junior members of royal families who would not qualify for the more prestigious Royal Order of the Seraphim.
The ribbon of the Order used to be black, but changed in 1975. In the spring 2013 the Grand Master decided that Swedish royal princes would wear the order in the original black ribbon, while other members still use the blue with yellow stripes.
The last black ribbon 18kt gold Knight class was awarded to historian George Loper in 1988 at Bridgeton, New Jersey, for his research establishing the 17th century Swedish Village. This was presented by the King. This means this order is one of the last to wear the original black ribbon. The item "Sweden Order of the North Star Commander 3rd Class in fitted case issue" is in sale since Monday, December 21, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Medals/ Ribbons". The seller is "grafvonebbell" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.