House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt)

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SKU: 01.LPD.0101.304.01.001

Estimated market value:

$1100 USD

  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt) Obverse
  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt) Obverse
  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt) Reverse
  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt) Obverse
  • House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, II Class Cross (in silver gilt) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$1100 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST Rev: L
  • Size
    59x69mm

Physical Description and Item Details


Instituted 25 October 1869 by Prince Leopold II of Lippe and Prince Adolf Georg I of Schaumburg-Lippe. (1914-1918 issue). Constructed of gilded silver with multi-coloured enamels, consisting of a Maltese Cross with white enameled arms, with swords through the centrepiece, the obverse with a central white enameled disc bearing a red enameled Lippe rose, within a blue enameled ring bearing a silvered inscription of “FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST” (“FOR LOYALTY AND SERVICE”), set within an eight-pointed ribbed starburst, the reverse with a central red enameled disc bearing a raised monogram of Prince Leopold II, set within an eight-pointed ribbed starburst, the twelve o’clock arm with a ribbed fan bearing an integrated loop, in turn connecting to a suspension ring with a period original shortened length of neck ribbon, unmarked, measuring 57.19 mm (w) x 63.58 mm (h), weighing 44.9 grams, with minor flecking of enamels and loss of gilt finish evident, in overall near extremely fine condition.

History


This Order 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.

In 1871, it was determined that Officers, who served in the 1870/1871 campaigns against France, were to receive Awards with swords through the middle. It was also decided that if an individual had received a lower class Award with swords, and then a higher grade without swords, they were allowed to wear the higher grade with the swords on the ring.

In 1887, the Statues were amended and the IV Class Medal was added to the Order. At this point, it was also determined that oak leaves could be added to the II Class Honour Cross in recognition of outstanding achievement.

In 1890, the Schaumburg-Lippe House established its own Order and the House Order of the Honour Cross was no longer conferred as a joint award. The Statues of the Order remained the same, but the reverse monogram was changed from “LA” to “L.”

In 1911, it was determined that the Grand Cross could be conferred upon foreign sovereigns and princes of ruling houses.

In 1913, the III Class Honour Cross with oak leaves was replaced with the Officers’ Honour Cross. In addition, the IV Class Honour Cross was divided into two types: IV Class Honour Cross (with rays) and IV Class Honour Cross (without rays).

The Medals of Type I feature small golden balls on the ends of the cross arms. The Medals of Type II do not feature these small golden balls.

Type II features the monogram "L."

The weight of the cross is dependent on the manufacturer.

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