Albert Order, Type II, Military Division, I Class Commander (with swords 1889,1901, 1914-1918)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.204.01.003

Estimated market value:

$2100+ USD

  •  Type II, Military Division, I Class Commander (with swords 1889,1901, 1914-1918)
  •  Type II, Military Division, I Class Commander (with swords 1889,1901, 1914-1918)
  •  Type II, Military Division, I Class Commander (with swords 1889,1901, 1914-1918)
  •  Type II, Military Division, I Class Commander (with swords 1889,1901, 1914-1918)

Estimated market value:

$2100+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS Rev: 1850
  • Size
    86x51mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/order-of-albert/saxony-kingdom-an-albrecht-order-commander-s-cross-with-swords-c-1916

Physical Description and Item Details


(Albrecht-Orden, Komturkreuz mit Schwertern). Instituted 1850 by King Friedrich August II of Saxony. (1914-1918 Issue). A fine silver gilt award featuring a white enameled Christ Cross, with green laurels detailed with red enameled berries, with silver gilt swords in each quadrant, obverse presenting with a central medallion composed of a gilt relief of Duke Albrecht III of Saxony inside a blue enameled ring bearing the Order’s Motto of “ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS” (“ALBERT THE MERCIFUL”), reverse with a central medallion composed of a crowned royal coat of arms in silver gilt and enamels, surrounded by a blue enameled ring bearing the Order’s institution date of “1850”, on loop for suspension from its period original ribbon, unmarked, measuring 52.93 mm (w) x 89.02 mm (w) (inclusive of crown suspension), weighing 67.8 grams (inclusive of ribbon), with light enamel wear and minor loss to laurels, on period neck ribbon, very 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 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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