Order of the Swan, Collar (1440 version)


SKU: 01.PRU.0120.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$75,000 USD

  • Order of the Swan, Collar (1440 version) Obverse

Estimated market value:

$75,000 USD


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    The image of the Order of the Swan, Collar (1440 version) is a scanned image from the book "Orders of Knighthood and Decorations 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


In 1440, Elector Frederick II of Brandenburg founded the Order of the Swan as a religious association made up of princes, as well as 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 chain, which was the symbol of belonging, was to be worn daily.

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. An evangelical motherhouse was to be built in Berlin, and the insignia was altered.

In rare cases, a gold chain would be provided as a gift, however, a small insignia next to the chain would present the affiliation. The king and queen were grandmasters of the order.

The motto for the order is “GOD WITH US”, while the inscription translates to “Hail, Mistress of the World”.

The 1843 Collar was made on Christmas Eve, 1843, most likely by Jean George Hossauer, Berlin.


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