Order of Maria Anna, III Class Cross

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SKU: 01.SXK.0110.103.01.000

Estimated market value:

$1,350 USD

  • Order of Maria Anna, III Class Cross (in silver)
  • Order of Maria Anna, III Class Cross (in silver)
  • Order of Maria Anna, III Class Cross (in silver)
  • Order of Maria Anna, III Class Cross (in silver)

Estimated market value:

$1,350 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: MA
  • Size
    32x34mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 13 grams.

Physical Description and Item Details


" A 1913-1918 issue Saxon Maria-Anna Order Cross Third Class (Maria-Anna Orden Kreuz III Klasse); a silver cross pattée with blue enameled arms, with inward-rounded arms and cut off tips; the obverse with a central silver medallion depicting a leftward facing bust of Maria-Anna; the reverse with a central silver medallion, inscribed “MA” in script; suspended from a double loop suspension and its period original ribbon, with a collector’s tag attached to the reverse; maker marked “G” for “Juwelierfirma G.A. Scharffenberg” on the lower arm; measuring 32.72 mm x 34.44 mm; with the enamels extremely well preserved; in extremely fine condition.

Footnote: Only 78 crosses of this type were awarded."

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 III Class was added to the Order in 1913. It does not have the white enamel ring around the center medallion. This class was often awarded to teachers and midwives.

The III Class was awarded 78 times.

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