Order of the Golden Lion, Breast Star

SKU: 01.HSD.0101.104.01

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  • Breast Star Obverse
  • Breast Star Reverse
  • Breast Star Obverse
  • Breast Star Reverse
  • Breast Star Obverse Detail

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    August 14, 1770
  • makers
    J. Godet & Sohn, Berlin

History


The House Order of the Golden Lion was instituted by Landgraf Friedrich II of Hesse Kassel and was dedicated to Saint Elisabeth of Hungary, an ancestor of the founder. The Order was conferred upon individuals who demonstrated exceptional civil or military merit. Following the death of the last prince-elector of Hessen-Kassel, the Order was taken over by Grand Duke Ludwig II of Hessen-Darmstadt. On June 6, 1876, the Order was given new statues and was introduced as a Grand Ducal Order.

The Order consisted of three grades: Collar, Collar Badge and Breast Star.

In special cases the Order could be awarded with diamonds.

Awards of the Order were conferred upon women with a bow ribbon.

The Order became obsolete in 1918, following the abdication of the last Grand Duke of Hessen-Darmstadt.

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  • Price

    $2800 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VIRTUTE ET FIDELITATE

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  • Maker

    J. Godet & Sohn, Berlin

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