Order of Military Merit of Charles Frederick, Grand Cross

SKU: 01.BAD.0102.102.01

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  • Grand Cross (in gold) Obverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    April 4, 1807
  • remarks
    There is a great deal of variation within the Types of the Order. Small variations in design exist because of different manufacturers. The following variables may be encountered: size; composition; manufacturer; medallion; inscription punctuation; surmounting crown or wreath; enameled wreath; suspension.

History


The Order was instituted by Grand Duke Charles Frederick and it was originally restricted to Officers in recognition of distinguished military merit or an outstanding act of courage.

This Order originally featured three grades: Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight.

In 1807, the Military Merit Medals were added to the Order with gold and silver grades and the medals could be awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.

These Military Merit Medals were considered the highest military decoration awarded for bravery that could be conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.

The Commander grade was divided into two separate grades in 1840, I Class Commander and II Class Commander.

The crosses of the Order were originally composed of Gold, but following 1916, the crosses were predominately composed of Silver gilt.

Variation in the appearance of the Grand Cross is due to the various locations, in which the medal was produced (ex: Paris, Carlsruhe).

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Versions

  • Price

    $18,000 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: CF FÜR BADENS EHRE Rev: FÜR BADENS EHRE

  • Size

    55x88mm; 28.5x32mm (crown)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    54.4 grams The image of the Grand Cross is attributed to Robert Prummel and Wikipedia at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ster...

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  • Price

    $12700 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: CF FÜR BADENS EHRE Rev: FÜR BADENS EHRE

  • Size

    52x90mm; 29.5x36.5mm (crown)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The listed price is an estimation drawn from Jörg Nimmergut's publication “Deutsche Orden und Ehrenzeichen 1800-1945”, 17th edition (2008...

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