This is a consignment item. It is a REPRODUCTION of the Grand Cross of the Military Max Joseph. It is embroidered rather than made of metal. Such embroidered breast stars were referred to as “Tinsel Stars” in Germany. Commonly used during the 18th and 19th Centuries, they were most popular prior to the 1840’s.
Our example measures 4 ½” x 4 ½” and is quite handsome. The later metal versions of the breast star are very rare. One would have to pay $8,000.00+ for one. This MODERN REPRODUCTION serves well as a collection space filler. It should NOT be confused with an original piece.