House Order of the Honour Cross, Type I, Grand Cross Breast Star

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  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type I, Grand Cross Breast Star Obverse
  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type I, Grand Cross Breast Star Reverse


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  • date of institution
    October 25, 1869
  • remarks
    The German name of the award is ‘Ehrenkreuz des Fürstlich Lippischen Gesamthauses, Bruststern zum Großkreuz'.

Physical Description

An eight-sided star with superimposed cross, constructed of silver, gold, and enamel. The star is in silver and features a superimposed cross, enamelled in white with golden borders, and each cross arm tip features a golden ball finial. The centre features an eight-sided golden star with a superimposed medallion in white enamel with a red enamelled rose with golden centre and leaves. The medallion ring is enamelled in blue with a narrow golden border and features the inscription ‘FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST’ (‘for loyalty and merit’), with a small six-sided golden star at the bottom. The reverse is silver and smooth with a vertical pinback.


The House Order of the Honour Cross was instituted by Prince Leopold III of Lippe and Adolf-Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe, and was conferred in recognition of distinguished civil and military merit.

The order originally consisted of the following grades: I Class, II Class, III Class, Golden Merit Cross, and Silver Merit Cross. The order also featured a Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, but it was reserved for the princes of Lippe-Detmold and Lippe-Schaumburg.

The order was freely conferred by both founders and could be awarded to foreigners.

In 1887, the statutes were amended and the IV Class Medal was added to the order. At this point, swords for war merit and oak leaves for outstanding achievement were introduced as possible additions.

The awards of Type I feature small golden ball finials on the ends of the cross arms. The awards of Type II do not feature these.


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    $7,500 USD

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