Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class


SKU: 01.SRB.0103.301.01.000

Estimated market value:

$300 USD

  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Obverse
  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Obverse
  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Obverse
  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Reverse
  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Reverse
  • Order of Saint Sava, Type III, I Class Set

Estimated market value:

$300 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Huguenin Freres, Switzerland
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: троvломb сконмb вbса прнобрвте Rev: 1883
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    Badges from Huguenin workshop were occasionally hallmarked with the initials "HF". Badges are quite convex and the Saint is impressed on the enamel.
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

Badge of the order consisting of saint in Green Robes, in silver gilt with blue, white and red enamels, gilt centrepiece rings, painted obverse centrepiece, measuring 52x85mm inclusive of its crown suspension, on its original full-length sash with large rosette, very fine.


The Order of Saint Sava was introduced by King Milan I on January 23, 1883 (Russian method of dating), one year after Serbia was recognized as an independent kingdom. It was founded as the third Serbian royal order, after the Order of Takovo and the Order of the White Eagle. It was dedicated to Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop, who born around 1170. He is viewed to this day as the protector of the Serbian people.

The Order was established with five classes to reward services rendered to the benefit of education, literature, culture, arts, and to the Orthodox church. The Order was awarded to military personnel as well as civilians, and to nationals and foreigners alike. The Order was allowed to be awarded to military personnel just before 1914.

It was dissolved along with the capitulation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1941. Nowadays, it is awarded by the Serbian Orthodox Church.

This Order is typically divided into three period, these are: the Obrenovich Dynasty (1883-1903), the Karageorgevich Dynasty (1903-1918), and the Kingdom of SHS and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1922-1941). In Medalbook, this Order is classified into three types according with the previous division.

The Order's motto translates to " One's Own Work Achieves All".

In Type III, there were introduced some major changes in the appearance of the Order. The Saint was depicted now with a green robe, instead of the previous red robe, and was featured with an open book on the right hand.

After the end of the WWI the Order was manufactured mainly by Huguenin Freres, who implemented the aforementioned changes. In 1930s, Fran Sorlini and F. Zimmermann were approved to manufacture the Order. There are also unknown workshops that have produced the insignia since then.


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