An extremely beautiful award here, the Spanish Order of the Red Cross, 3rd class. Worn by commanders of the order. Royal crown suspension. The gold finish on this medal has a very attractive patina, and there is only minor wear to the enamel center which is visible in photos. The neck ribbon shows honest age and has some small tears which are visible in photos. Overall, this order is in excellent condition.
The Spanish Order of the Red Cross (Condecoraciones de la Cruz Roja Española) was instituted in Spain by Queen Isabel II/Isabella II on July 6, 1864. It was established in commemoration of the foundation of the Spanish Red Cross at the same year. The Order is currently awarded, and is granted to members of the Spanish Red Cross in recognition of meritorious service within the realm of public health care and service. It was originally founded only with the Silver Medal grade. Over time of the Order additional grades were added. The Gold Medal was added by Amadeo I in 1872. The Grand Cross Breast Star was instituted by Alfonso XII in 1876, the II Class Breast Star was added in 1925. The The Medal for Constancy as well as I, II, and III Classes Medals were added in 1926.