Albert Order, Type II, Civil Division, Officer (pin cross in gold)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.107.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2200+ USD

  • Type II, Civil Division, Officer (pin cross in gold)
  • Type II, Civil Division, Officer (pin cross in gold)
  • Type II, Civil Division, Officer (pin cross in gold)

Estimated market value:

$2200+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS
  • Size
    45x69mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/order-of-albert/saxony-an-order-of-albrecht-in-gold-1st-class-officer-s-cross-c-1900

Physical Description and Item Details


(Albrechts-Orden). An Officer’s Cross in Gold and enamels, of multi piece construction, hollow center, 45.5mm x 69.5mm, it weighs 21.5 grams, of excellent quality manufacture,a worn example, with very minor enamel contact marks and slight enamel restoration on the left arm, otherwise a very attractive cross, circa 1900 period manufacture, in about very 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 Officer grade was added to the Order on June 11, 1890.

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