Order of Berthold I, Grand Cross with Swords

SKU: 01.BAD.0104.201.01

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  • Grand Cross with Swords (in gold) Obverse with Ribbon
  • Grand Cross with Swords (in gold) Obverse
  • Grand Cross with Swords (in gold) Reverse
  • Grand Cross with Swords (in gold) Obverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    September 9, 1896
  • remarks
    Value depends on quality and period of manufacture, materials, maker and provenance.

Physical Description


A gold or silver gilt Maltese cross with ball finals and with white enamelled arms. A crown and two crossed swords lay between each of its arms. The obverse bears a central red enamelled medallion depicting the royal cipher of Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig within a gold ring. The reverse with a similar central red enamelled medallion with a gold royal crown. Suspended from swivel gold arabesques with a gold hollow crown and a large gold loop for suspension.

The crown is attached to the cross by an arabesque. There are significant variations of the design of the arabesque, as well as the medallion.

History


The Order of Berthold I was established on April 29, 1877 by Grand Duke Frederick I to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of his accession to be conferred as an additional class above the grand cross of the Order of the Zähringer Lion. On September 9, 1896, the day of Grand Duke Frederick’s seventieth birthday, the order became separate from the Order of the Zähringer Lion. The order was then expanded into three classes: Grand Cross, Commander and Knight. Originally the Order of Berthold I had been established as an attempt to keep the people’s descent from the Dukes of Zähringen alive. However, with the separation in 1896, the order could be awarded to any individual regardless of status. The Order of Berthold I was awarded to individuals who or faithful service or as a special show of recognition and benevolence. Recipients of both the Order of Berthold I and the Order of the Zähringer Lion could wear both orders at the same time, but the last received order before the other. In 1900, a Collar was added to the Order of Berthold I. The order could also be conferred with swords, indicating military merit. The awards were conferred within two divisions, the Civil Division and the Military Division. The Civil Division awards featured a surmounting crown, and the Military Division awards featured a surmounting crown and crossed swords. In the case of the Breast Star, the Civil Division Breast Stars do not feature a crown or swords, while the Military Division Breast Stars do feature crossed swords. The royal monogram of Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden is featured on the obverse medallion.

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Versions

  • Price

    $10,500+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

    70x106.5mm; 31.5x27 (crown); 73x4 (swords)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of gold. A total of 18 were awarded, all of which during WWI.

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  • Price

    $6,400+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of silver gilt.

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