Order of Merit, Type I, Military Division, I Class Knight

SKU: 01.SXK.0105.207.01

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  •  I Class Knight (for Natives with swords 1866-1871)

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    June 7, 1815

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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  • Price

    $1100+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: FUR VERDIENST UND TREUE Rev: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815

  • Size

    42mm

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  • Price

    $3800+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Eamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: DEM VERDIENSTE

  • Size

    42mm

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