Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
In the 1362, Amadeo VI, conte di Savoia, founded the Order of the Collar, a chivalric order loosely modeled on the Orders of the Golden Fleece and the Garter in Burgundy and England respectively, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ. Originally fifteen knights were established by statute, but later this number was increased to twenty and the name changed to the Ordine Supremo della Santissima Annunziata in 1518.
Membership in the Annunziata is awarded to distinguished noble clients of the dukes of Savoy, in recognition of their martial and fiduciary prowess on behalf of the duchy. The device of the order is a representation of the Annunciation worn from a gold collar.