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Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads 1834-1884
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Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads (obverse)
Awarded by Flag of Belgium.svg Kingdom of Belgium
Type Commemorative medal
Eligibility Belgian citizens
Awarded for 25 years of good and loyal service prior to 30 April 1884
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established 1 May 1884

The first Belgian made locomotive in 1835 "Le Belge"

Obverse (left) and reverse (right) of the medal

The Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads 1834-1884 (French language: Décoration Commémorative du 50ème Anniversaire de la Création des Chemins de Fer 1834-1884, Dutch language: Commemorative Decoratie van de 50e Verjaardag van de Schepping van de Spoorwegen 1834-1884 ) was a Belgian commemorative award denoting the 50th anniversary of the law of 1 May 1834 ordering the creation of railroads in Belgium.[1] It was established by royal decree of King Leopold II on 30 April 1884[2] at the suggestion of the ministers of Public Works and of the Interior, its statute was ratified by a further royal decree on 11 July 1884.[3]

Award statute[]

The Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads was awarded to civil servants, employees and agents commissioned by the Public Works or Interior departments who, while so employed, as of 1 May 1884, had a minimum of twenty-five years of good and loyal service and cooperated in the construction or exploitation of the state railways.[2]

Following a proposition by the ministers of the Railways, of the Post and Telegraph, of Agriculture, of Industry and of Public Works, the statute was amended by royal decree on 11 July 1884 to include as potential recipients, in line with the award conditions stated in the previous decree dated 30 April 1884, civil servants and employees ceded to the State Railways, as well as to retired civil servants, employees and commissioned agents.[3]

Award description[]

The Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads was a white enamelled Maltese Cross with a slightly convex dark blue enamelled central medallion. The cross was outlined in gold and small gilt orbs were affixed to the eight tips of the cross arms. The obverse of the central medallion bore the gilt emblem of the railways of the time, a winged wheel over six arrows pointing in different directions, all under the royal crown of Belgium. Its reverse bore the gilt monogram of King Leopold II on a white enamelled background encircled by a dark blue enamelled ring bearing the gilt dates "1 MAI" (1 MAY) at the top, "1834" at lower left and "1884" at lower right, three small gilt five pointed stars separating the three inscriptions.[2]

The decoration was suspended by a ring passing laterally through a ball shaped suspension mounted atop the decoration with an ornate base, from a blue silk moiré ribbon with red longitudinal stripes 2mm from each edge.[2]

Notable recipients (partial list)[]

The individuals listed below were awarded the Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads:[4]

  • State Minister Jules Le Jeune

Medal[]

A medal was also created aimed at rewarding the working class personnel of the state railroads. It was of the same basic design as the decoration except with rays extending outwards between the cross arms, being struck from bronze and being devoid of any enamels. It was awarded to workers of the Belgian railroads, both active and retired who, as of 1 May 1884, had cooperated to the construction or exploitation of the state railways for a minimum of 25 years of good and loyal services.[2]

See also[]

References[]

  1. "Law of 1 May 1834 creating the Belgian railroads". Moniteur Belge. 1834-04-01. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (in French) Royal Decree of 30 April 1884 creating the Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads. Journal des administrations communales Volume 6. 1888. http://books.google.ca/books?id=ZKs9AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=D%C3%A9coration+Comm%C3%A9morative+du+50e+Anniversaire+de+l'Etablissement+des+Chemins+de+Fer+en+Belgique&source=bl&ots=fNMpGa8rqJ&sig=Tv7z8bd3jGeso28saSd2n_M_oc4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=G-VgUMiREcnw0gGrnoFw&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=D%C3%A9coration%20Comm%C3%A9morative%20du%2050e%20Anniversaire%20de%20l'Etablissement%20des%20Chemins%20de%20Fer%20en%20Belgique&f=false. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 (in French) Royal Decree of 11 July 1884 ratifying the statute of the Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads. Journal des administrations communales Volume 6. 1888. http://books.google.ca/books?id=ZKs9AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=D%C3%A9coration+Comm%C3%A9morative+du+50e+Anniversaire+de+l'Etablissement+des+Chemins+de+Fer+en+Belgique&source=bl&ots=fNMpGa8rqJ&sig=Tv7z8bd3jGeso28saSd2n_M_oc4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=G-VgUMiREcnw0gGrnoFw&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=D%C3%A9coration%20Comm%C3%A9morative%20du%2050e%20Anniversaire%20de%20l'Etablissement%20des%20Chemins%20de%20Fer%20en%20Belgique&f=false. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. "Recipients of the Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads compiled from the ARS MORIENDI web site" (in French). ARS MORIENDI. 2012-07-06. http://www.ars-moriendi.be/index%20FR.htm. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 

Other sources[]

  • Quinot H., 1950, Recueil illustré des décorations belges et congolaises, 4e Edition. (Hasselt)
  • Cornet R., 1982, Recueil des dispositions légales et réglementaires régissant les ordres nationaux belges. 2e Ed. N.pl., (Brussels)
  • Borné A.C., 1985, Distinctions honorifiques de la Belgique, 1830-1985 (Brussels)

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