Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt)

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  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Obverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Obverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Obverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Reverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Obverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Reverse
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Mark
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Mark
  • Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1910-1918, in silver gilt) Mark

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: FÜR VERDIENST UND TREUE
  • Size
    87x61mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 72 grams.

Physical Description and Item Details


Instituted on 7 June 1815 by King Friedrich Augustus 1. I Model. 1891-1918 Issue. In silver gilt, featuring a white enameled Maltese cross with green enameled clovers in each quadrant, obverse centre features a gilt-crowned Saxon coat of arms in enamels, surrounded by the inscription “FRIED. AUG. K. V. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815” (FRIEDRICH AUGUST KING OF SAXONY, 7 JUNE 1815) on a white enamel field, reverse centre presents the four-line inscription “FÜR VERDIENST UND TREUE” (“FOR MERIT AND FAITH”) over white enamel, the outer surround contains a green enameled oak leaf wreath over a white enamel background, measuring 60.11 mm (w) x 86.29 mm (h - inclusive of imperial crown), with minor enamel contact, on elongated suspension loop, with mid 20th century replacement sash, 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.

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