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King Wilhelm II. did add a golden (silver gild) merit medal on August 12, 1892, to the Fredrick Order. The Mint in Stuttgart coined a total of 3962 examples. Due to forced savings on silver during WWI the silver content was reduced as follows: 993/1000 at a weight of 12.5 gram from 1892 to 1916/17, in 1917 800/1000 (150 pieces) and lastly 500/1000 1918-1920 (801 pieces).
This example here comes on the original trifold ribbon with wearing device. The weight of the medal puts it into the rare bracket of the deliveries from 1916/17. Testing the medal would reveal if it is maybe even only one of 150!
Full gilding on the medal.
King Wilhelm I. of Wuerttemberg issued the Fredrick Order in memory of his father on January 1, 1830. The order was split into 4 classes on January 3, 1856. Swords for awards for bravery were added September 19, 1870, together with splitting up the knight cross class in a 1st and 2nd.
King Wilhelm II. of Wuerttemberg expanded on the initial structure of this order and added on August 11, 1892, the golden Merit Medal as well as on March 6, 1899, the crown to the Grand Cross.
The order was manufactured by Court Jeweler Friedrich Steinam until 1886, Court Jeweler Eduard Foehr from 1886 to 1916, The Kings Mint between 1915 to 1918, Jeweler Otto Wennberg during 1903/04 and 1914/15 (knight’s crosses 1st and 2d class only), Court Jeweler Carl Zinser for 1914 (knight’s crosses 1st class only) and the Jeweler Berg and Cie for one Grand Cross set.