Bertha Order, I Class Cross
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A George’s cross, constructed of silver and enamels. The cross features outwardly rounded arms and is enamelled in light purple with a broad silver border. The 6 o’clock arm is elongated and features the silver date “1910”. The centre medallion is enamelled in red and features the silver crowned monogram “LB” inside a silver wreath of laurel, tied at the bottom by a ribbon. The reverse is similar, except that the centre medallion is in silver and features the inscription “DEM FRAUEN VERDIENST” (“for female merit”). On a loop for suspension, on a yellow ribbon with two red side stripes per side.
The Bertha Order was established by Prince Leopold IV to reward women who performed commendable work which benefited society and the Principality of Lippe.
Generally, the award was conferred upon young women who worked for the church and helped improve the social welfare of the less-fortunate. The order could also be conferred for numerous years of faithful service, or to recognize outstanding individual achievements.
The I Class Cross with Crown was awarded twice.
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