Order of the Zähringer Lion, Commander Breast Star

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  • Order of the Zähringer Lion, Commander Breast Star (in silver and gold) Obverse
  • Order of the Zähringer Lion, Commander Breast Star (in silver and gold) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    1840
  • makers
    Zuber, Paar, Bertsch, Zimmermann, Raupp
  • 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


It is suggested that the Order was founded by Grand Duke Karl in 1809 and named in the memory of his ancient predecessors, the Dukes of Zähringen. However, the actual foundation of the order is attributed to the Grand Duke Charles, who established the Order on the name day of his consort, Stephanie of Beauharnais, in 1812. On June 17, 1840, the statues of the Order were officially instituted by Grand Duke Ludwig.

The Order was awarded to recognize civil and military merit and the first Order conferral ceremonies took place 1815.

The Order originally featured three grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight. In 1840, the Commander grade was divided into I Class Commanded with I Class Commander Breast Star and II Class Commander.

Beginning in 1815, surmounting golden oak leaves could be awarded with all Order grades to indicate additional merit and achievements. These oak leaves originally included an "L" cipher, but the use of the cipher was discontinued in 1866.

In 1866, the Knight grade was divided into I Class Knight and II Class Knight, and crossed swords were instituted as a possible attribute that could be added to all Order grades to indicate war merit.

The awards without swords were conferred for civil merit, while the awards with swords were conferred to recognize military merit.

The last modification was instituted on April 29, 1889, wherein a Merit Cross was added as an Order grade to reward civilians for exceptional bravery and merit in the face of the enemy.

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 Breast Star.

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Versions

  • Price

    $3000 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜR EHRE UND WAHRHEIT

  • Size

    88mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    57 grams

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  • Price

    $2500 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜR EHRE UND WAHRHEIT

  • Size

    88mm

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  • Version Remarks

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