Order of the Swan, Collar (1440)

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SKU: 01.PRU.0120.101.01.000

  • Collar (1440)

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver/Gold/Diamonds/Rubies/Enamelled
  • Size
    722mm
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Collar is a scanned image from the Book of Orders of Knighthood and Decoration of Honour of All Nations by Bernard Burke. The book was published in 1858, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada- anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less. The image can be found at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/0_Schwanenorden.JPG

History


In 1440, Elector Frederick II of Brandenburg founded the Order as a religious association made up of princes and noble men and women.

The Order originally included thirty men and seven women, who united to honour the Virgin Mary.

Along with encouraging the worship of the Virgin, the association also sought to ease the suffering of the unfortunate through acts of charity.

The Order was abolished during the Protestant Reformation, but was later revived in 1843 by Frederick William IV of Prussia. The renewed association was open to all men and women, and sought to remedy physical and moral ills.

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