Decoration for Art and Science, Type IV, Cross (1894-1898)
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The decoration was originally founded by Duke Ernst I as a Medal for Civil Merit, but after 1837 the decorations were awarded more broadly in recognition of meritorious achievements in civil life.
The Type IV decoration was redesigned by Duke Alfred on October 19, 1894.
The new Type IV decorations took the form of a cross and a medal. This decoration was the highest level of award conferred in recognition of extraordinary merits and achievements within the arts and sciences.
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