Order of Ludwig, Commander Breast Star


SKU: 01.HSD.0102.105.01.001

Estimated market value:

$7400 USD

  • Order of Ludwig, Commander Breast Star Obverse

Estimated market value:

$7400 USD


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    The image of the Commander Breast Star is a scanned image from "The Book of Order of Knighthood and Decorations of Honour of all Nations" edited by Sir Bernard Burke. The book was published in 1858, 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 Order was founded by Grand Duke Ludwig I on August 25, 1807, as an Order without a name or Statues. It was not until December 14, 1837, that Statues were adopted and the Order was given a formal title. The Order was divided into five classes including Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, I Class Knight and II Class Knight.

The Order was primarily conferred upon individuals in recognition of civil merit, but following the outbreak of the First World War, it also became an award for military merit. Awards conferred for military merit featured crossed swords.

In 1853, the Order was expanded and Gold and Silver Medal were added as grades.

The Order grades were conferred with diamonds to recognize exceptional merit.

The Order became obsolete in 1918, following the abdication of the last Grand Duke of Hesse.

The only difference between the I Class Commander and II Class Commander is that the I Class Commander was awarded with an associated I Class Commander Breast Star.


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