Order of Merit, Type I, Civil Division, I Class Knight (for Natives 1849-1891)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0105.107.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2200+ USD

  • I Class Knight (for Natives 1849-1891) (Gold) Obverse
  • I Class Knight (for Natives 1849-1891) (Gold) Obverse
  • I Class Knight (for Natives 1849-1891) (Gold) Reverse
  • I Class Knight (for Natives 1849-1891)(Gold) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$2200+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: FUR VERDIENST UND TREUE
  • Size
    41.5x42.5mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/saxony/orders/civil-merit-order/an-early-saxon-civil-merit-order-knight-first-class-in-gold

Physical Description and Item Details


An Early Saxon Civil Merit Order; Knight First Class in Gold - In Gold and near flawless enamels, 41.4 X 42.6mm, of excellent quality manufacture, circa 1860-70, on period ribbon with only small repair to reverse 6 o'clock arm, stands in better than extremely fine condition.

History


This Order was founded by King Friedrich August after his release from imprisonment in 1815. The Order was conferred upon citizens of Saxony, and foreign citizens, in recognition of merit and virtue within distinguished civil services.

The Order was originally called the "Order of Civil Merit", but the name was changed in 1849 to the "Order of Merit".

The Order grades were also awarded with crossed swords beginning in 1866 to recognize recipients for military merit and service.

In 1849 the Order statues were amended, adding the grade of Knight and the grade of Honour Cross. The Honour Cross was originally called the "Small Cross".

The Order statues were amended again in 1876, separating the Knight grade into two separate awards called the I Class Knight and the II Class Knight, the Honour Cross was discontinued, and the Merit Cross was added as well.

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