Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross with Crown

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SKU: 01.SXK.0110.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2,000 USD

  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross with Crown (in silver gilt)
  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross with Crown (in silver gilt)
  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross with Crown (in silver gilt)

Estimated market value:

$2,000 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: MA
  • Size
    50x36,5mm
  • Version Remarks
    The pictured example was sold by eMedals in 2018 for $1,750 USD. The award weighs 16 grams.

Physical Description and Item Details


1906-1918 Issue. Maria-Anna Order First Class Cross; a silver gilt cross with blue enameled arms; the obverse with a silver gilt medallion depicting the leftward facing bust of Maria Anna, surrounded by a ring of white enamels decorated with silver gilt arabesques; the reverse with a similar silver gilt medallion, inscribed “MA” for “Maria Anna” also surrounded by a ring of white enamels decorated with silver gilt arabesques; on a swivel crown suspension with a loop and its correct replacement ribbon; measuring 37.76 mm (w) x 53.82 mm (h); weighing 21.1 grams; in overall near extremely fine condition.

History


The Order of Maria Anna was instituted by King Friedrich August III to commemorate his deceased mother Maria Anna, on May 6,1906. The Order was awarded to women that had rendered distinguished to the court, and within public service and non-profit organizations.

This Order followed the Order of Sidonia, but preceded the Carola Medal.

Originally, the Order had three classes. In 1913, a decoration was added between the II Class and the Maria Anna Cross.

During the First World War, the Maria Anna Order was used as a war award.

Following the death of a recipient, or should the recipient be upgraded to a higher class, the decorations had to be returned. No awards were granted to foreigners.

The I Class Cross presents a surmounting crown. It was only awarded 10 times.It was awarded twice on the Grand Cross sash.

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