Order of Albert the Bear, I Class Knight

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  • Order of Albert the Bear, I Class Knight (in bronze gilt)

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    November 18, 1836
  • remarks
    These were awarded sparingly in the early years. The register from 1837 to 1854 states that only 155 were awarded. The appearance of the bear on the obverse may vary. The Knight's Cross may read FÜRCHTE or FUERCHTE.

Physical Description


An ovular medal constructed of bronze gilt, silver gilt or gold. The obverse bears the cut out image of a crowned bear ascending a wall with a door. The obverse is encompassed by a border inscribed with "FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE". The reverse is encompassed by a border inscribed with "ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117". With a loop for suspension, on a red and green striped ribbon.

There are examples of the I Class Knight with a surmounted crown.

History


The Order of Albert the Bear was founded by Prince Sigismund I of Anhalt-Dessau around 1382 and was named after Albert the Bear (1110-1170), the first Ascanian Margrave of Brandenburg and the Count of Anhalt and Ballenstadt. The order was forgotten after Prince Sigismund I’s death in 1405. On November 18, 1836, the order was renewed and madea joint House Order by Duke Henry of Anhalt-Köthen, Duke Leopold IV of Anhalt-Dessau, and Duke Carl of Anhalt-Bernburg. The Order of Albert the Bear was awarded by the Dukes to meriotus subjects as a token of honour and distinction.

The Order of Albert the Bear originally featured three main grades and two merit medals, which included: Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, Knight, Gold Medal of Merit, and Silver Medal of Merit. In 1848, the grade of Commander was expanded into I Class Commander with I Class Commander Breast Star and II Class Commander. In 1854, the grade of Knight was expanded into I Class Knight and II Class Knight. From 1863, the reigning DUke of Anhalt was the order’s Grand Master. Non-Christians were not eligible for the order until after 1863.

The Order was amended on July 18, 1864, to incorporate crossed swords as a possible addition for wartime merit. The crossed swords, which are added between the top of the medal and the suspension ring, indicate a Military Division award. The absence of crossed swords indicates a Civil Division award.

In 1901, a surmounting gold-coloured crown was added to the grades of Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, and I Class Knight. A surmounting silver crown was added to the grade of II Class Knight. According to the statues, it was possible for a Grand Cross to be awarded with the combination of a crown and swords, however, no such medal was officially produced.

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Versions

  • Price

    $425 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    32.74 mm (w) x 42.96 mm (h)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze gilt .

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  • Price

    $2,800 USD

  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    31x38mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of gold.

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  • Price

    $400 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 1170

  • Size

    34x40mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of silver gilt.

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  • Price

    $700 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

    35.5x63mm; 26x20mm (crown)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze gilt and has a surmounting crown. The gilded surmounting crown was added as an attribute in 1901.

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  • Price

    $1,250 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: FÜRCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE Rev: ALBRECHT DER BAER REG: 1123 BIS 117

  • Size

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of silver gilt and bears a surmounted crown. The gilded surmounting crown was added as an attribute in 1901.

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Miniatures

  • Price

    $100 USD

  • Size

    14mm x 19mm

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Remarks

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