Germany – Imperial: A scarce Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class and Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenary Medal 1897 mounted pair of awards.

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Germany – Imperial: A scarce Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class and Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenary Medal 1897 mounted pair of awards.

Germany – Imperial – Prussia: Order of the Red Eagle, silver and enamels, 4th Class, Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenary Medal 1897. Court mounted German style as worn on original ribbons, the red cloth backing has the sewn on medallists label for Godet & Sohn of Berlin.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

The Order can trace its origins back to the Ordre de la Sincerité founded by on 17 November 1705 by Margrave Georg Wilhelm of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. It was revived in 1734 in the Principality of Brandenburg-Ansbach as the Order of the Brandenburg Red Eagle. In 1777 it was renamed the Order of the Red Eagle. In 1792 when both Principalities were annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia it became the second- ranked order of the enlarged kingdom. In 1810 King Friedrich Wilhelm III revised the order, expanding it from one to three classes and in 1830 a fourth class, as in this example, was added for junior officers and civilians of equivalent rank. The Order was awarded for bravery in combat and excellence in military leadership. It is interesting to note that the 3rd and 4th classes of the Order were awarded only 116 times during World War I in order to maintain its prestige, Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen (the ‘Red Baron’) being a noted recipient of the 3rd class.

The Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenary Medal 1897 was awarded on 22 March 1897, the hundredth birthday of Kaiser Wilhelm I, to all military on active service and to the veterans of the wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870. It was made from Danish, Austrian and French cannon captured in those wars.


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