Order of Franz Joseph, Type I, Knight Cross

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  • Type I, Knight Cross Obverse
  • Type I, Knight Cross Obverse
  • Type I, Knight Cross Reverse
  • Type I, Knight Cross Mark

Attributes

  • country
    Austria (Imperial)
  • date of institution
    December 2, 1849
  • makers
    Vincent Mayer's Sohne

History


This Order was founded by Emperor Franz Joseph I to celebrate and commemorate the first anniversary of his accession to the throne of Imperial Austria.

The Order was conferred upon foreign citizens and Austrians to recognize special merit within diplomatic, civil, and military service.

It originally featured the grades of Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight.

The Order statutes were amended several times, and attributes added to the Order include the War Decoration, lower class War Decoration, and crossed swords.

The War Decoration was awarded in recognition of merit in battle. It takes the form of two green enamelled tassels below the surmounting Crown of St. Stephan. When the War Decoration was added to a Breast Star it is a large gold-coloured laurel wreath behind the Breast Star rays.

The crossed swords were added to awards for distinguished military service. They are generally added below the surmounting Crown of St. Stephan, and on top of the War Decoration attribute if both attributes are present on a single award. The III Class awards have the crossed swords on the ribbon.

The lower class War Decoration attribute was only awarded to the Type II Order grades, and it was awarded for a lower grade of service in battle. The lower class War Decoration takes the form of a green enamelled laurel wreath that closely surrounds the central obverse medallion.

The Type I awards were conferred on a red ribbon.

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  • Price

    $1000+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ Rev: 1849

  • Size

    31x56.5mm

  • Maker

    Vincent Mayer's Sohne

  • Version Remarks

    This version has 18Kt.

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  • Price

    $700+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ Rev: 1849

  • Size

    60x56mm

  • Maker

    Gebruder Resch

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    N/A

  • Size

    55mm x 105mm x 20mm

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