Dukely Order of Henry the Lion, Commander Cross (in gold)

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SKU: 01.BRU.0102.106.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3000+ USD

  • Dukely Order of Henry the Lion, Commander Cross (in gold)

Estimated market value:

$3000+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Siebrecht, Braunschweig
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: IMMOTA FIDES MDCCCXXXIV
  • Size
    57x82-84mm; 22-23x15-16.5mm (crown)
  • Version Remarks
    29.6-34.5 grams Examples of 8, 14, and 18 karat gold are known to exist.

Physical Description and Item Details


1426 were awarded, 523 of which for I Class.

History


The Dukely Order of Henry the Lion was founded by Duke Wilhelm of Brunswick on April 25, 1834. The order was conferred upon individuals who distinguished themselves by rending meritorious military or civil service. Civil service included outstanding work in the fields of Art and Science. The conferral of the award was not dependent on an individual’s class or rank. The grand mastery was linked to the government of the duchy and the oldest voting member of the ducal state ministry acted as chancellor. Decorations had to be returned upon the death of the recipient. During the Franco-German War in 1870, crossed swords were added to all war merit awards. In 1877, the Knight class was split into I Class Knight and II Class Knight. In 1908, on the commemoration day of Duke Wilhelm's birthday, the order was redesigned with the addition of a first class between the Grand Cross and the Commander Cross, as well as an Officer Cross between the Commander Cross and I Class Knight Cross. The Dukely Order of Henry the Lion was conferred from 1834 to 1918.

I Class and II Class Commanders wear the same Cross. The only difference is that I Class Commanders additionally wear the Commander Breast Star.

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