Albert Order, Type II, Military Division, Grand Cross Breast Star (with swords 1901/05/15-18)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.202.01.002

Estimated market value:

$3300+ USD

  • Type II, Military Division, Grand Cross Breast Star (with swords 1901/05/15-18)
  • Type II, Military Division, Grand Cross Breast Star (with swords 1901/05/15-18)
  • Type II, Military Division, Grand Cross Breast Star (with swords 1901/05/15-18)

Estimated market value:

$3300+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    G.A. Scharffenburg, Dresden
  • Composition
    Silver/Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS
  • Size
    93,5mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 74 grams.
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/order-of-albert/a-saxon-order-of-albert-grand-cross-with-swords-g14567

Physical Description and Item Details


A Saxon Order of Albert; Grand Cross with Swords - An impressively sized star (93.5mm) in silver with gold swords and centre, fine blue and white enamel work with zero chipping or cracking; marked and produced by G.A.SCHARFFENBERG of Dresden, marked S on pin, better than extremely fine.

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 major manufacturer of the Type II Grand Cross Breast Star was G.A. Scharffenburg from Dresden.

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