We have a most unusual offering this week. It is not exactly as it may appear from a quick glance at the enclosed photographs. What we have is the House Order of the Golden Lion Commander’s Breast Star from Hessen-Kassel. While its nature as a Breast Star makes it scarce enough, this piece is a bullion, embroidered variation of the Breast Star! It is referred to in Germany as a “Tinsel Star.” The Tinsel Stars were in use long before the metal Breast Stars with which we are more familiar and were sewn to the tunic as opposed to the use of a pinback arrangement for later Breast Stars. They were more common in the 18th and 19th Centuries. This example dates from the 1820’s to the 1830’s. It is one of the earliest orders that we have ever offered. For being 180-190 years old, this Breast Star is in incredible condition. The lion in the center and the colors throughout are quite vibrant. It shows little wear, just gentle age and toning. On the reverse of the Star in faded ink is an inscription that I cannot make out. Perhaps sharper eyes than mine will be able to help out. I was thrilled to get this from a very knowledgeable German collector. Now I am excited to share it with you. This piece would make a wonderful addition to any Orders and Decorations collection. It would make an interesting counterpoint to the more conventional Breast Stars. It is a true gem and quite rare.