House Order of Hohenzollern, Type II, Military Division, Small Cross for Princes
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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.
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.
Princesses of the Princely House were entitled at birth to receive the Small Cross at the age of 16. Female regents or consorts were entitled to the Grand Honour Cross and the Small Cross with Diamonds.
Obv: FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST Rev: F.C. DEN 5TEN DECEMBER 1841
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