Order of the Sword, Commander Grand Cross Collar


SKU: 01.SWE.0102.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$8000+ USD

  • Commander Grand Cross Collar Obverse

Estimated market value:

$8000+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    C. F. Carlman, Stockholm; Andreas Almgren, Stockholm; Jacob Hjortzberg, Stockholm; Isak Malmborg, Stockholm; Johan Adam Marklien, Stockholm; Otto Willkommen, Stockholm; Carl Zetterstrom, Stockholm
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt/Enamelled
  • Version Remarks
    The Collar image is attributed to Wikipedia and A.T.2013 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Collier_de_l%27Ordre_de_l%27Epee.svg) and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License.


This Order was founded by King Frederick I in 1748. It is still technically a Swedish Order, but it has not been awarded since 1975.

It was conferred upon Swedish military personnel for long and meritorious service.

At the time of its creation the Order was composed of only two grades, the I Class Commander and the I Class Knight. The Commander Grand Cross was created in 1772, the II Class Commander was created in 1873, and the II Class Knight was created in 1889.

In 1788 King Gustav III created a wartime grade, the I Class Knight Grand Cross, which was conferred upon senior Officers for distinguished actions in victory. In 1814, a second wartime grade, the II Class Knight Grand Cross, was created. In 1952 the War Cross of the Sword was the final grade added to the Order. It was awarded in gold, silver, and bronze to Swedish military personnel for meritorious war service.

Because all other grades of the Order were awarded to Officers, additional grades were necessary to recognize other military personnel. The Badge of the Sword was created in 1850 and was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers. The Medal of the Sword was also created in 1850. It was awarded in two grades to enlisted men. Recipients of both the Badge and the Medal had to have at least 16 years of irreproachable military service.

The Commander Grand Cross Collar is composed of 11 gold swords and 11 gold shields.


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