Royal Guelphic Order, Knight's Cross with Swords

SKU: 01.HAN.0102.205.01

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  • Knight's Cross with Swords Obverse
  • Knight's Cross with Swords Reverse
  • Knight's Cross with Swords Obverse
  • Knight's Cross with Swords Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    July 12, 1815
  • remarks
    There are many versions of the Knight Cross, with variations in the composition, design, and size.

History


This Order was instituted by George IV and it was awarded to citizens of Britain and Hanover until 1837. After 1837 the Order was only awarded within the Kingdom of Hanover.

From 1815-1841 the Order featured the grades of Grand Cross, Commander, and Knight. It was expanded to include the grades of II Class Commander and Cross of Merit after 1841.

The grades of this Order were conferred within two divisions, the Military Division and the Civil Division. The Military Division awards featured crossed swords, while the Civil Division awards did not have swords.

When Hanover was absorbed by Prussia, the Order became a House Order, and it was conferred by the Royal family of Hanover.

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Versions

  • Price

    $4200 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: NEC ASPERA TERRENT Rev: GR MDCCCXV

  • Size

    30x53.5mm; 17x12mm (crown); 23x2mm (swords)

  • Maker

    Carl Zell, Hannover

  • Version Remarks

    13.5 grams

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  • Composition

    Gold/Diamonds/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: NEC ASPERA TERRENT Rev: GR MDCCCXV

  • Size

    33x56mm; 19x19.5mm (crown); 21x2mm (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    19.8 grams This version is presumably a private purchase, as an official awarding cannot be verified.

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