Order of the Lion of Bavaria, Breast Star (in cloth)

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SKU: 01.BAV.0104.103.01.001

Estimated market value:

$3,600+ USD

  • Order of the Lion of Bavaria, Breast Star (in cloth)
  • Order of the Lion of Bavaria, Breast Star (in cloth)

Estimated market value:

$3,600+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Embroidered/Silver Thread
  • Inscription
    Obv: CT/ INS / TI /TV / TOR
  • Size
    115mm
  • Version Remarks
    This version is embroidered.

Physical Description and Item Details


An embroidered Maltese cross consisting of silver thread. The center of the cross bears the monogram of Charles Theodore (CT). The arms of the cross bear the inscription "INS / TI /TV / TOR". There are flames in the quadrants between the arms.

History


The Order of the Lion of Bavaria was instituted on January 1, 1768 by Charles IV Theodore, Elector Palatine for the occasion of his 25th anniversary in government. It was originally called the Order of the Palatine Lion, after the Palatinate-Sulzbach branch of the Wittelsbach House, but after the Palatinate branch inherited the Duchy of Bavaria in 1778 the name was changed to the Order of the Lion of Bavaria. The Order was awarded for both civil and military merit. Many who sought to be knights of the Order of the Lion of Bavaria were also knights of the Order of St. Hubert. Recipients of the order were also required to have served the elector house for 25 years. The number of knights of the Order of the Lion of Bavaria was limited to 25, which included the head of the order and the chancellor. In 1808, Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria declared the order extinct and the order was no longer awarded. The Order of Military Merit established in 1866 was influenced by the design of the Order of the Lion of Bavaria.

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