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

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.206.01.002

Estimated market value:

$1600 USD

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

Estimated market value:

$1600 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    G.A. Scharffenberg, Dresden
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS Rev: 1850
  • Size
    91,5x54mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/order-of-albert/saxony-order-of-albert-1876-1918-g2681

Physical Description and Item Details


Commander?s Cross with Swords, in silver gilt and enamels, 54x87.5mm, bottom arm marked "G" (G.A. Scharffenberg, Dresden), of very fine quality manufacture, WWI period issue, enamels without chipping, with full length of neck ribbon, extremely fine condition; scarce award, with 412 awarded in total, of those 234 in silver gilt (218 during WWI).

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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