Princely Honour Cross, Military Division, II Class Cross (with swords & rays, in silver gilt)
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The Decoration was founded by Prince Heinrich XIV on 24 May, 1869, and was conferred upon individuals who rendered outstanding service to the Prince and Principality of Reuss-Gera. The Order could be conferred upon both citizens of Reuss-Gera, as well as foreigners.
The Order was originally established for Reuss-Gera (Reuss Younger Line), but following the death of Prince Heinrich XXII of Reuss-Greiz (Reuss Elder Line) in 1902, it was extended to include Reuss-Greiz.
In 1885, a surmounting crown was added to the I Class Cross, and starting in 1909, all Decorations could be awarded with a surmounting crown to indicate special merit. At the same time, the Silver Merit Medal was also added to the Order.
In 1897, the Gold Merit Medal was added to the Order.
Beginning in 1909, the Decorations conferred for military service were awarded with crossed swords through the centre of the cross, or on the ring above the decoration.
After 1909, the crown and crossed swords attributes could both be present on one decoration.
In 1915, a war ribbon was added to the Order. Awards with or without swords could be conferred on the ribbon.
The II Class Cross (with or without crown) was conferred upon military personnel with the minimum rank of Field Officer.
The II Class Cross (with swords) may or may not feature rays between the cross arms. This variation will affect the price.
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