Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit
|Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit|
Star and Badge of the Order
|Awarded by the Kingdom of Two Sicilies|
|Type||Dynastic order of knighthood|
|Established||1 April 1800|
|Awarded for||Important deeds and with proof of loyalty to the Head of the Royal House and to the Royal Family|
|Next (higher)||Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George|
|Next (lower)||Royal Order of the Two-Sicilies|
Ribbon of the Order
- For the Spanish military decoration, see Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand.
It was established on 1 April 1800 by Ferdinand IV of Naples and III Sicily to reward men who performed important deeds and gave proof of loyalty to the Head of the Royal House and to the Royal Family.
Ranks and InsigniaEdit
The Order is divided into three Ranks:
- Knights of Grand Cross, with fess, cross and plate;
- Knights Commanders, with neck ribbon and cross;
- Knights, with ribbon and cross to the buttons.
The decoration is formed by a golden round shield bearing the image of St. Ferdinand, edged by a blue-enameled round plate with the inscription "FIDEI ET MERITO", bordered by six golden rays edged by six white enameled lilies. The ribbon is blue and edged in dark red.