Albert Order, Type II, Military Division, Officer (pin cross with swords in silver gilt)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0108.207.01.003

Estimated market value:

$1500+ USD

  • Type II, Military Division, Officer (pin cross with swords in silver gilt)
  • Type II, Military Division, Officer (pin cross with swords in silver gilt)
  • Type II, Military Division, Officer (pin cross with swords in silver gilt)

Estimated market value:

$1500+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    G.A. Scharffenberg, Dresden
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS
  • Size
    71,5x47mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/order-of-albert/saxony-an-1898-1918-albrecht-order-officer-s-cross-with-swords-by-g-h-osang-of-dresden

Physical Description and Item Details


c.1915. Albrechtsorden Offizierkreuz mit Schwertern. A silver gilt white enameled latin cross with a green enameled oak wreath and crossed swords between the arms of the cross; the obverse with a central white enameled medallion depicting a leftward facing bust of Herzog Albrecht, surrounded by a blue enameled ring, inscribed “Albertus Animous” (Latin - Albert the Mercyful), along with arabesques towards the bottom of the enameled ring, and with a Bavarian crown on the top arm of the cross; the reverse with an unmarked centerpiece, vertical pin with a functional hinge/catch assembly - the pin marked “Silber” (German - Silver); measuring 46.08 mm x 70.10 mm; weighing 33.7 grams; the enamels untouched, without chips or cracks of any kind; extremely fine. This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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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