House Order of Fidelity, Grand Cross (1715-1803)
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This Order was initially founded by Margrave Charles William of Baden-Durlach, and it was conferred upon members of foreign royal families, foreign heads of state, and Ducal Prince and Princesses to recognize merit and engender loyalty.
The Order went through many change throughout its lifespan. It originally featured only one class, was later expanded to include two classes, Grand Cross and Commander, and then altered a second time to discontinue the grades of Collar and Commander.
There may also be versions of the Grand Cross that featured rubies, diamonds, and other brilliants.
The first model of the Grand Cross was awarded from 1715 to 1803. The second model was awarded from 1803 to 1918. The two models differ greatly in size.
There is great variation in size and appearance within the second model of the Grand Cross. The variations are largely based on the year they were produced.
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