Prussia - Royal House Order of Hohenzollern Knight's Cross with Swords
Wagner & Sohn was the most important supplier of the Order's Chancellery during the First World War and, in addition to the Friedländer company in Berlin Both were the official suppliers of the Order's Chancellery for the order pour le mérite throughout the First World War. The Knight’s cross of the Hohenzollern House Order with swords was also referred to as a "precursor" to plm! The present specimen in gilded silver would have been awrded from September 1916 on.
A total of 9968 crosses of the knight cross with swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern were awarded.
1916 - 1918
When King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. signed over the Hohenzollern principalities to Prussia on December 7, 1849, he kept the principal House Order of Hohenzollern within his order system. The Prussian king was however driven to recreate the House Order of Hohenzollern within the Prussian Order system and did so on the 150-year jubilee festivities of the coronation of King Friedrich I. on January 18, 1851. The new Motto: “Vom Fels zum Meer” (From Mountain Top to Ocean) was a play on the extension from the Mountain Top the Hohenzollern stemmed from to the Baltic See bordering the Prussian lands.
The order ended up being awarded in two divisions, one for general and the other for civil and clerical services with decorations for Grand Commander (Cross on collar with 8-pointed star), Commanders (neck cross with and without star), Knights and Proprietor. The clerical/civil division wore all order decorations in form of the Hohenzollern eagle. The general division was able to wear decorations for bravery – swords.
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