Order of Franz Joseph, Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star

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  •  Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Obverse
  •  Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Obverse
  •  Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Reverse
  •  Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Reverse
  •  Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Detail
  • Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Detail
  • Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Detail
  • Type II, Military Division, Commander Breast Star Detail

Attributes

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

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.

In Type II the civil merit awards were conferred on a red ribbon, while the military merit awards were conferred on the war ribbon. The war ribbon features a stripe of red and white on both sides of the centre, while the centre section features thin alternating horizontal stripes of red and white.

The Commander Breast Star (Civil Division) has no additional attributes.

The Commander Breast Star (with War Decoration) was awarded for merit in battle, it has green enamelled tassels below the Crown of St. Stephan.

The Commander Breast Star (with War Decoration and gold swords) was awarded for distinguished service in battle, it has green enamelled tassels below the Crown of St. Stephan and crossed gold swords.

The Commander Breast Star (with War Decoration and silver swords) was awarded for distinguished service in battle, it has green enamelled tassels below the Crown of St. Stephan and crossed silver swords.

The Commander Breast Star (with lower class War Decoration) was awarded for a lower grade of merit in battle, it has a green enamelled laurel wreath around the central obverse medallion.

The Commander Breast Star (with lower class War Decoration and gold swords) was awarded for a lower grade of distinguished service in battle, it has a green enamelled laurel wreath around the central obverse medallion and crossed gold swords.

The Commander Breast Star (with lower class War Decoration and silver swords) was awarded for a lower grade of distinguished service in battle, it has a green enamelled laurel wreath around the central obverse medallion and crossed silver swords.

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  • Price

    $5900 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

    Vincent Mayer's Sohne, Vienna

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $7200+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver/Gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

    Vincent Mayer's Sohne; Heinrich Ulbrichts Witwe; Rothe & Neffe

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver/Gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The pictured example is a known Rothe Copy, post 1945 manufacture.

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  • Price

    $5000 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver/Gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRIBUS UNITIS FJ

  • Size

    80mm

  • Maker

    Vincent Mayer's Sohne; Heinrich Ulbrichts Witwe; Rothe & Neffe

  • Version Remarks

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