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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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DESCRIPTion, DETaILS & Photos
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PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 45,4 x 42,6 mm
MAKER
WEIGHT 18,0 g
LOT K-7980
EAN 2000000652412
LOT K-7980
PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
EAN 2000000652412
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 45,4 x 42,6 mm
MAKER
WEIGHT 18,0 g
PERIOD until 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
LOT K-7980
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS 45,4 x 42,6 mm
EAN 2000000652412
MAKER
WEIGHT 18,0 g
Imperial Germany
Mecklenburg - Griffin Order Knight's Cross


Description

Knight's Cross of the Mecklenburg Griffin Order in gilded silver and enamel. The translucent enamel in very good condition and without damage. The background is masterfully highlighted so that the glass enamel gives an almost velvety impression. The Griffin in the medallion is affixed separately. The cross is attached on a tailored piece of original ribbon. Weight with band 18.0 grams.

Perfect example with light, age-appropriate patina.


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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