Merit Order of the Bavarian Crown, Miniature Knight's Cross

CATEGORY: Miniature

SKU: 01.BAV.0106.106.01.M.000

Estimated market value:

$470 USD

  • Miniature Knight's Cross
  • Miniature Knight's Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$470 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Size
    20mm

Physical Description and Item Details


Bavaria, Kingdom. A Miniature Order of Merit of the Crown in Gold, Knight’s Cross, c.1900

(Verdienstorden der Bayerischen Krone, Ritterkreuz Miniatur). Instituted 19 March 1808. (1808-1918 issue). Constructed of Gold with multi-coloured enamels, with a hollow crown and suspension loop, consisting of an eight-armed star with white enameled arms, the obverse with a central raised profile of Maximilian I. Joseph, within a red enameled ring bearing a gilt inscription of “MAX. REX BOIOAR”, the reverse centerpiece with an enameled Bavarian flag bearing a gilt crown, within a red enameled ring bearing a gilt inscription of “VIRTUS ET HONOS” (“VIRTUE AND HONOUR”), within green enameled oak leaves joining the quadrants, the suspension loop with an illegible maker’s mark, measuring 14.29 mm (w) x 22.48 mm (h), weighing 2.2 grams, in extremely fine condition.

History


The Order was established at the behest of King Maximilian Joseph I on May 19, 1808 to award citizens of all social classes for exceptional civil merit.

The Order originally consisted of three classes: Grand Cross, Commander and Knight.

The Order entitled candidates to personal or hereditary nobility.

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