Order of the Wendish Crown, Gold Collar (1864-1916)

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SKU: 01.MST.0101.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$21400 USD

  • Gold Collar (1864-1916) Obverse

Estimated market value:

$21400 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: AVITO VIRET HONORE Rev: FF W
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Gold Collar is a scanned image from “Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden” by Maximilian Gritzner. The book was published in 1893, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada-anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. The image can be found at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Keten_van_Mecklenburg_Strelitz.jpg The image is also attributed to Robert Prummel and Wikipedia.

History


The Order was jointly founded by Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duke Frederick William of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and was conferred upon citizens who rendered meritorious civil and military service to the House.

The Order was conferred upon citizens of both Mecklenburg states. The Order decorations awarded in each state featured the same form but had different obverse inscriptions and reverse monograms.

The number of individuals admitted into the Order was limited and each province was allowed to admit a controlled number of people. Mecklenburg-Schwerin was allowed to confer a much larger number of Awards.

Only members of recognized Christian churches were allowed to receive the Order.

The Awards conferred for military merit featured crossed swords through the centre of the cross.

The collar was composed of sixteen large chain links, which alternate between griffins (40x29mm), the monogram "FFW" (53x29mm), and crowns (38x25mm).

The collars were likely composed of Silver gilt after 1916.

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