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Mecklenburg - Griffin Order Knight's Cross

Mecklenburg - Griffin Order Knight's Cross

Mecklenburg - Griffin Order Knight's Cross

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PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 46.6 x 41.8 mm
MAKER
WEIGHT 27 g with ribbon
US LOT
EAN 3000000012697
US LOT
PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
EAN 3000000012697
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 46.6 x 41.8 mm
MAKER
WEIGHT 27 g with ribbon
PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
US LOT
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 46.6 x 41.8 mm
EAN 3000000012697
MAKER
WEIGHT 27 g with ribbon
Imperial Germany
Mecklenburg - Griffin Order Knight's Cross


Description

This knight’s cross is made from silver and red translucent enamel. The cross is finely finished and mounted on a Russian style ribbon with safety pin. Definitely a pre-war award. The griffin is coined within the cross. Very fine detailing below the red enamel.

Beautiful ensemble.


Condition
1-
Historical information
Award period
1884 - 1918
OEK
Institution date
Instituted by

Grand Duke Friedrich Franz III. of Mecklenburg Schwerin notified Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg Strelitz in a letter dated June 10, 1884 about his plan to follow through with his father’s idea to create a new order to fulfill the need for awards to foreigners, the Griffin Order. He posed the question to whether he would follow suit to issue this order in unison with the house of Schwerin. Friedrich Wilhelm denied on June 23, 1884. Schwerin however created the order on September 15, 1884.

The order was finally adopted in Strelitz 20 years later on August 22/23 1904. The order could be awarded by either state or as a joined award. The order consisted of four grades, Grand Cross, Grand Commander and Commander Cross, Honor Cross, Knight Cross.

The Grand Cross could be awarded with swords for war merit as well as with diamonds. It could also be awarded with diamonds just as the commander cross. Awards of this kind are not known. The star of the grand cross was initially to be worn on the right chest but was moved to the left chest in 1902. The knight cross could be awarded with crown from 1904 on. The Cross is a Maltese cross in red enamel with a round center showing a griffin looking to the left. The star is either a silver eight (grand cross) or four-pointed one (grand commander) with a round center consisting of an outer wreath showing the golden motto over red enamel: ”Altor Adversis” (exalted over adversity) over a golden laurel leaf with a golden griffin in the center looking to the left.

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