House Order of the Honour Cross, Type II, Merit Cross in Silver
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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."
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