Royal Guelphic Order, Commander

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SKU: 01.HAN.0102.104.01.000

Estimated market value:

$4200 USD

  • Commander Obverse

Estimated market value:

$4200 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: NEC ASPERA TERRENT Rev: MDCCCXV
  • Size
    44x73mm; 25x28.5mm (crown)
  • Version Remarks
    33.6 grams The image of the I Class Commander is a scanned image from pages 102-103 of Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden by Maximilian Gritzner. The book was published in 1893, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada- anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. The image can be found at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Ster_en_kleinood_van_een_civiele_Commandeur_in_de_Welfenorde_correcte_tekening.jpg. The image has been cropped.
  • Image Licensing
    This image/illustration is attributed to “Abbildungen zur chronic sämtlicher Ritter Orden und Ehrenzeichen Souveraine and Regerungen, Seiner Majestat dem Konige Von Presussen Freiderich Wilhelm IV gewidmet von H. Schulze, Lieutenant in der Landwehr Artillerie”, published in 1835 in Berlin. This image has been cropped. This resource is in the public domain in all countries where the copyright is the author’s term of life plus 70 years.

History


The Order was instituted by King George IV (at the time the Prince Regent of Great Britain) on August 12, 1815, which was not only his father George III’s birthday, but was also the 101st anniversary of first Hanoverian monarch, George I, ascending the English throne.

The Order was named after the House of Guelph, of which the Hanoverians were a branch.

The Award was conferred upon individuals for distinguished service to the United Kingdom or the Kingdom of Hanover.

The Grand Master of the Order was always the King of Hanover, and the number of members in the Order was unlimited.

From 1815 to 1841, the Award was issued in three classes: Knight Grand Cross, Knight Commander and Knight.

From 1841 onward, the Award was issued in five classes: Knight Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, Knight and Cross of Merit.

The grades of this Order were conferred in two divisions, the Military Division and the Civil Division. The Military Division awards feature crossed swords, while the Civil Division awards do not have swords.

The Order stopped being issued by the British Crown following the death of King William IV in 1837, at which time the union between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Hanover ended.

The Order continues to be awarded today and the head of the Hanoverian House, Prince Ernst August is the current chancellor.

The I Class Commander is usually not conferred upon civilians or military personnel with a rank below Major-General.

The I and II Class Commander Crosses are identical, but the I Class Commander is awarded with a Breast Star.

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