Order of Sidonia, Grand Cross

SKU: 01.SXK.0109.101.01

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  • Order of Sidonia, Grand Cross (on sash) Obverse

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The Order of Sidonia was founded by King John on December 31, 1870. It was conferred upon women in recognition of merit during a war period. This was the first order for women in Saxony.

The order was primarily awarded to women that had demonstrated self-sacrifice and altruism by caring for wounded soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. It could be awarded to any national, by birth or marriage, that serviced Saxony, with a few exceptions for foreigners. It was awarded to both single and married women. The right to award the decoration was exclusive to the king.

The name of the order commemorates Duchess Sidonie of Bohemia, the first wife of Duke Albert of Saxony, also known as Albert the Beloved (1443-1500).

This order features one class, but is worn in two different styles. It was worn on a sash by members of a royal family. The order was awarded a total of 109 times, of which twelve were awarded to foreigners, eight on the Grand Cross sash, and four with the Cross on the ribbon.

The order became obsolete in 1918 with the end of the monarchy.

The Grand Cross on Sash was awarded thirteen times, of which nine were in gold and four were in silver gilt. The first award took place on March 13, 1871 to Crown Princess Carola of Saxony.

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    $10,000 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: SIDONIA Rev: 1870

  • Size

    84x61.5mm

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