Albert Order, Type II, Civil Division, II Class Commander (in gold)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.106.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2700+ USD

  • Albert Order, Type II, Civil Division, II Class Commander (in gold)
  • Albert Order, Type II, Civil Division, II Class Commander (in gold)
  • Albert Order, Type II, Civil Division, II Class Commander (in gold) reverse

Estimated market value:

$2700+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS Rev: 1850
  • Size
    54x91.5mm

Physical Description and Item Details


(Albrechts-Orden). Instituted 31 December 1850 by King Friedrich August II. Second Model 1876-1918 “Young Portrait Type.” (1876-1918). A Gold Latin cross with white-enamelled arms, with a green-enamelled oak and red fruit wreath, the obverse centre shows a central white-enamelled medallion depicting a right-facing bust of Duke Albrecht, surrounded by a blue-enamelled ring inscribed “ALBERTUS ANIMOUS” (“ALBERT THE BOLD”), along with arabesques towards the bottom of the ring, the reverse presents a white-enamelled central medallion depicting the Saxon coat of arms, surrounded by a blue enamelled ring with arabesques at the top and “1850” at the bottom in gilt, measures 53.34 mm (w) x 92.50 mm (h - inclusive of crown), suspended from a hollow swivel crown on a broad loop for suspension from a period original neck ribbon, and in extremely fine condition.

History


This Order was instituted by King Freidrich August II in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Duke Albert III, also known as Albert the Bold.

The Order was awarded to recognize general merit and service to the States, such as civil merit, military merit, and merit in art and science.

In 1866 crossed swords began to be added through the centre of the awards conferred for bravery and military merit during wartime. The crossed swords were also featured on the overarching ring of the award after 1871.

The Type I awards were meant to feature the portrait of Duke Albert III on the obverse, but the wrong image was selected and they actually featured the portrait of Albert the Perennial. The mistake was eventually fixed, and the correct portrait was used in the Type II awards.

The Type I awards are known as the "Baker Cap" Type and the Type II awards are known as the "Hinged Cap" or "Young Portrait" Type.

The Type II awards were amended on January 1, 1876.

The I Class Commander and II Class Commander grades had the same size and composition, the main difference between the two grades was that the I Class Commander was awarded with a I Class Commander Breast Star.

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