Dukely Order of Henry the Lion, I Class Breast Star with Swords


SKU: 01.BRU.0102.204.01.000

Estimated market value:

$4,000 USD

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Estimated market value:

$4,000 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size
    83mm; 77x2.5mm (swords)

Physical Description and Item Details

An eight-pointed star constructed of silver gilt and enamels. The centre bears a central red enameled medallion depicting a detailed white horse, within blue enameled ring, in turn bordered by gilt rings and bearing raised gilt Order motto “IMMOTA FIDES”, topped by royal crown with a knight’s helmet in black and white enamels at the bottom. The centre medallion is superimposed over two crossed swords. The reverse bears a pinback. Weighing 74 grams.


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 rendering 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 I 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.


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