Order of Albert the Bear, I Class Knight with Swords

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  • I Class Knight with Swords (in bronze gilt) Obverse
  • I Class Knight with Swords (in bronze gilt) Reverse
  • I Class Knight with Swords (in bronze gilt) Obverse
  • I Class Knight with Swords (in bronze gilt) Reverse
  • I Class Knight with Swords (in bronze gilt) Obverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    November 18, 1836
  • remarks
    These were awarded sparingly in the early years. The register from 1837 to 1854 states that only 155 were awarded. The appearance of the bear on the obverse may vary. The Knight's Cross may read FÜRCHTE or FUERCHTE. The listed price is an estimation drawn from Jörg Nimmergut's publication “Deutsche Orden und Ehrenzeichen 1800-1945”, 17th edition (2008), and may not accurately reflect current trends.

History


The Order of Albert the Bear was founded by Prince Sigismund I and was named after Albrecht the Bear (1110-1170), who was the first Ascanian Margrave of Brandenburg, as well as the Count of Anhalt and Ballenstadt. On November 18, 1836, the Order was renewed and made a joint House Order by three Dukes of Anhalt, Henry (Heinrich), Duke of Anhalt-Köthen, Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt, and Alexander Carl, Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg. The Dukes awarded the Order to meritorious subjects as a token of honour and distinction.

The Order originally featured three main grades and two merit medals, which included: Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, Knight, Gold Medal of Merit, and Silver Medal of Merit. In 1848, the grade of Commander was expanded into I Class Commander with I Class Commander Breast Star and II Class Commander. In 1854, the grade of Knight was expanded into I Class Knight and II Class Knight.

The Order was amended on July 18, 1864, to incorporate crossed swords as a possible addition for wartime merit. The crossed swords, which are added between the top of the medal and the suspension ring, indicate a Military Division award. The absence of crossed swords indicates a Civil Division award.

In 1901, a surmounting gold-coloured crown was added to the grades of Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, and I Class Knight. A surmounting silver crown was added to the grade of II Class Knight.

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Versions

  • Price

    $850 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    33x39mm; 35mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    13.3 grams

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  • Price

    $825 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    33x39mm; 35mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The silver gilt version is unofficial. Only 60 awarded (not including the awards that were issued during World War I).

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    34x61mm; 22x18.5mm (crown); 37mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    34x61mm; 22x18.5mm (crown); 37mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is unofficial.

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    34x61mm; 22x18.5mm (crown); 37mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is unofficial.

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