II Class Knight

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SKU: 01.NLD.0105.208.01.000

Estimated market value:

$450+ USD

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Estimated market value:

$450+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Makers
    Koninklijke Begeer, Voorschoten
  • Composition
    Silver/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: JE MAINTIENDRAI Rev: W
  • Size
    39mm
  • Version Remarks
    The listed price is an estimation drawn from Borna’s publication “Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World: Instituted until 1945” (2013) and may not accurately reflect current trends.

History


The House Order of Orange was established by Queen Wilhelmina in 1905. It is conferred at the sole discretion of the reigning Dutch monarch in recognition of meritorious service rendered to the Royal House of Orange.

This Order has a complicated history involving changes to grades and regulations. For clarity, it has been classified into three types based on overarching time periods where the award remains consistent. Type I decorations were awarded from 1905-1908, Type II decorations were awarded from 1908-1969, and Type III decorations have been awarded since 1969.

In 1908, the badge was altered to have the motto encircle the center of the badge, with a wreath of orange leaves occupying each quadrant between the arms. The original knight was also divided into two. Type II decorations were awarded in 6 grades, with an additional 2-grade Cross of Merit, 3-grade Medal of Honour, 2-grade Medal for Arts and Science, 3-grade Medal for Initiative and Medal for Courage and Sacrifice, and Ladies' Cross.

The II Class Knight features an obverse inscription that translates to “I Will Maintain.”

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