Order of Merit, Military Division, Officer's Cross (with swords, 1914-1918)

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SKU: 01.WLD.0101.206.01.001

Estimated market value:

$3,000 USD

  • Order of Merit, Military Division, Officer's Cross (with swords, 1914-1918)
  • Order of Merit, Military Division, Officer's Cross (with swords, 1914-1918) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$3,000 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Silver/Gold
  • Size
    48x48mm
  • Version Remarks
    The Officer's Cross (with swords) (1914-1918) was awarded to 23 recipients - 2 in 1914, 11 in 1915, 2 in 1916, 6 in 1917, and 2 in 1918.

Physical Description and Item Details


Waldeck, Dukedom. An Order of Merit, Officer’s Cross with Swords, c.1914

(Offizierkreuz mit Schwertern). Issued 1914-1918. A Maltese cross constructed of silver gilt, with white enameled arms, and with crossed swords between the arms of the cross; the obverse with a white enameled central medallion with a red enameled cross surrounded by a black enameled eight-rayed star; the reverse plain, with a vertical pinback, a barrel hinge, and a round wire catch; measuring 48.73 mm (w) x 49.08 mm (h); weighing 22.3 grams; in overall extremely fine condition.

Footnote: With a total of 23 of this Officer’s Cross with Swords Awarded - 2 in 1914, 11 in 1915, 2 in 1916, 6 in 1917, and 2 in 1918.

History


The Order of Merit was originally founded as a medal by Prince Georg Friedrich of Waldeck and Pyrmont in 1857, but in 1871, it was made into an Order by Prince Georg Viktor. The Order of Merit was conferred upon citizens of Waldeck who rendered exceptional service to the Princely House and contributed to the welfare of the state.

The Order was established in two classes, I Class and II Class. The II Class Medal was the Medal of Merit that had been established in 1857. The II Class was awarded in this form until 1891 when it was reintroduced in a cross design. Recipients of the medal were able to exchange their decoration for the newly designed cross version.

In 1878, the II Class Cross and Silver Merit Medal were added to the Order. In 1896, the names of the Order’s decorations were changed from “Verdienstorden” (ex: Verdienstorden 1. Klasse) to “Verdienstkreuz” (ex: Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse). At the same time, the IV Class Cross was added to the Order.

In 1899, the Silver Merit Cross and Golden Merit Medal were introduced. The Gold Merit Medal was produced in a similar design to the original 1857 Merit Medal.

In 1912, the Officer’s Cross was established as the Order’s V Class.

As of 1915, swords could be added to all classes to denote military merit. As of 1918, an individual had to have previously received the Iron Cross in order to receive a decoration with swords.

The Officer's Cross was produced in a pinback form.

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