The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Latin: Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani, OESSH), also called the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, is a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See. The Pope is sovereign of the Order. It is an internationally recognized order of knighthood. Today, the order is estimated to have some 30,000 knights and dames in 60 lieutenancies around the world. There are several grades of knighthood. These are open to both men and women. While laity may be promoted to any rank, the ranks of the clergy are as follows: cardinals are knights grand cross, bishops are commanders with star, and priests and transitional deacons start with the rank of knight but may be promoted to commander. Permanent deacons are not eligible to be promoted. Female members may wear chest ribbons rather than neck crosses, and the military trophies in insignia and heraldic additaments are replaced by bows.
This specific Order is a Knight Commander example, being suspended from a military style suspension device. It comes with a miniature medal, stickpin, and original presentation case. Suspended for wear on a generous length of original ribbon with ties attached at the ends. This Order was likely produced in the 1970s/1980s so it does have some age, but not enough age to become too expensive. Excellent condition, displays beautifully.