Princely House Order of Schaumburg-Lippe, I Class Cross (in gold)

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SKU: 01.LPS.0101.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$4,800 USD

  • I Class Cross (in gold)
  • Princely House Order of Schaumburg-Lippe, I Class Cross (in gold)
  • Princely House Order of Schaumburg-Lippe, I Class Cross (in gold)

Estimated market value:

$4,800 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Carl Büsch, Hanover
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST Rev: AG
  • Size
    65x90mm

Physical Description and Item Details


Schaumburg-Lippe, Principality. A Princely House Order in Gold, I Class Cross with Crown, c.1900

(Fürstliche Schaumburg-Lippischer Hausorden Kreuz 1. Klasse). Instituted 18 September 1890. (Issued 1890-1918). A large and fine Gold Maltese cross with white-enamelled arms bordered in Gold with ball finials, obverse presents an eight-pointed Gold star of graduated rays imposed centrally and bearing a white-enamelled medallion with the Rose of Lippe in red enamel and silver, with a blue-enamelled ring inscribed with “FÜR TREUE UND VERDIENST” (“FOR LOYALTY AND MERIT”), a gilt rose at the base, reverse also presenting an eight-pointed star of graduated rays imposed centrally, bearing a deep blue enamelled medallion with the crowned cipher of Prince Adolph Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe, measuring 63.67 mm (w) x 87.05 mm (h - inclusive of Imperial Crown with horizontally pierced ball suspension adorned by a cross), 53.2 grams, on flat loop suspension from mid 20th century neck ribbon, with minor enamel loss from blue surround and centre as well as central rose, extremely fine condition.

History


The Order was originally founded as a joint House Order by Prince Leopold III of Lippe-Detmold and Prince Adolf Georg I of Schaumburg-Lippe.

In 1890, the joint Order separated into two separate House Orders, resulting in the formal creation of the Princely House Order of Schaumburg-Lippe. This new Order continued to be awarded in recognition of meritorious and faithful civil and military service.

The Order crosses that were awarded for military merit featured crossed swords, either through the centre of the cross or on the surmounting ring.

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