Royal Guelphic Order, Grand Cross with Swords

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SKU: 01.HAN.0102.201.01.000

Estimated market value:

$10500 USD

  • Royal Guelphic Order, Grand Cross with Swords Obverse

Estimated market value:

$10500 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: NEC ASPERA TERRENT Rev: MDCCCXV
  • Size
    73x114mm; 32x34.5mm (crown); 41.5x3mm (swords)
  • Version Remarks
    90.7 grams The size of this version of the Grand Cross varies greatly, and it may be as small as 55x97mm.
  • 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 Grand Cross is conferred upon high-ranking military Officers, who distinguish themselves by their skill and judgment in the field. It is rarely conferred upon ranks below that of Lieutenant-General, except for exceptional cases, such as an Ambassador demonstrating exceptional diplomatic skill.

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