Order of the Wendish Crown, Gold Collar (1864-1916)
Image courtesy of “Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden” by Maximilian Gritzner
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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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