Order of Berthold I, Commander (in silver gilt)


SKU: 01.BAD.0104.104.01.001

Estimated market value:

$2,800 USD

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Estimated market value:

$2,800 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FWL
  • Size
    58x88mm; 25x26.5mm (crown)
  • Version Remarks
    This version is constructed of silver gilt.

Physical Description and Item Details

A Maltese cross constructed of silver gilt with ball finals and royal crowns between the arms of the cross. The obverse consisting of white enamelled arms, with a gold outline along the edge of each arm. The obverse bears a central red enamelled medallion depicting the royal cipher of Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig within a gold ring. The reverse with a similar central red enamelled medallion with a gold royal crown. With arabesques, a crown, a loop and broad ring for suspension. On a green and yellow stripes neck ribbon.


The Order of Berthold I was established on April 29, 1877 by Grand Duke Frederick I to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of his accession, to be conferred as an additional class above the grand cross of the Order of the Zähringer Lion. On September 9, 1896, the day of Grand Duke Frederick’s seventieth birthday, the order became separate from the Order of the Zähringer Lion.

The order was then expanded into three classes: Grand Cross, Commander, and Knight. Originally, the Order of Berthold I had been established as an attempt to keep the people’s descent from the Dukes of Zähringen alive. However, with the separation in 1896, the order could be awarded to any individual regardless of status. The Order of Berthold I was awarded to individuals who served faithfully or as a special show of recognition and benevolence. Recipients of both the Order of Berthold I and the Order of the Zähringer Lion could wear both orders at the same time, but the last received order before the other.

In 1900, a Collar was added to the Order of Berthold I.
The awards were conferred within two divisions, the Civil Division and the Military Division. The Civil Division awards featured a surmounting crown, and the Military Division awards featured a surmounting crown and crossed swords. In the case of the Breast Star, the Civil Division Breast Stars do not feature a crown or swords, while the Military Division Breast Stars do feature crossed swords.

The I Class Commander and II Class Commander are identical, the only difference between the two grades is that the I Class Commander is awarded with an associated I Class Commander Breast Star.


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