House Order of the Honour Cross, Type I, I Class Cross

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SKU: 01.LPD.0101.103.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3,900 USD

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Estimated market value:

$3,900 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST Rev: LA
  • Size
    65x95mm

History


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.

The I Class Cross features a surmounting crown.

The I Class Cross and Grand Cross are similar in size.

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