House Order of Hohenzollern, Type I, Civil Division, III Class Honour Cross (1844-1850)
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The Order was founded by Prince Konstantin of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen on December 5, 1841, and was conferred upon individuals who rendered meritorious service to the Princely house.
The Order originally featured five grades, including three Crosses and two Medals.
In 1852, the two Hohenzollern principalities were annexed by Prussia. The Prussian government expanded the Order and it continued to be awarded in Hohenzollern as a Princely House Order.
The Order underwent several expansions and was reorganized numerous times throughout its history.
In 1866, crossed swords were added to the grades that were conferred in recognition of military merit.
In 1891, the grade of Honour Commander Cross was added to the Order.
In 1910, Gold and Silver Crosses of Merit were added as grades to the Order.
Crosses continued to be produced from 1851 to 1852, which was the period between Type I and Type II. Due to the short awarding period, these medals are very rare.
The III Class was conferred upon individuals, regardless of rank, for exceptional achievements in the areas of art, science, industry, etc.
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