House Order of Hohenzollern, Type II, Military Division, Honour Commander Cross(with swords on ring, 1928)
Image courtesy of eMedals.com
Estimated market value:
The Order was founded by Prince Konstantin of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, and it was conferred in recognition of merit.
The Order originally featured five grades, including three crosses and two medals.
In 1852 the two Hohenzollern principalities were annexed by Prussia and the Order was expanded. It continued to be awarded in Hohenzollern as a Princely House Order.
The Order went through the addition of several attributes and reorganization efforts throughout its history.
In 1866 crossed swords were added to the grades 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.
During the First World War, the Order grades awarded with swords were conferred in recognition of outstanding leadership skills and bravery in the face of the enemy.
In 1916, the Order Statues were revised and it was determined that only military personnel with the rank of Major General or Colonels, who had received the II Class Decoration of a Prussian Order, were eligible to receive the Honour Commander Cross (with swords).
This Order continued to be awarded throughout the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.
In 1935, King Carol II of Romania became a Prince of the House of Hollerzollern and was given the right to confer the Order in Romania.
Sign in to comment and reply.