Germany - Imperial - Dukedom of Braunschweig - House Order of Henry the Lion, Grand Commander (1834-1918), gilt, silver and enamels, by Carl Siebrecht of Braunschweig, circa 1850-1900. A superb example of type and Extremely Rare.
Condition: enamel work in excellent condition, Nearly Extremely Fine.
Founded by Duke William of Brunswick on 25th April 1834 as a reward for civil or military merit. Came in five classes.
A hollow Gold commanders neck badge, consisting of a blue enamelled Maltese cross with Gold boarders and ball finials, delicately hand painted peacock feathers on each arm with a crowned royal cipher of Wilhelm in each quadrant, obverse centre with a finely hand painted Hanoverian horse on a red enamelled background with a hand painted white boarder, reverse centre presenting Motto, with Roman numeral institution date surround, measuring 56 mm in width x 81 mm in height - inclusive of detailed Gold Hanoverian crown adorned by cross), on full length of mid 20th century sash ribbon, 29.0 grams. Accompanied by the Grand Commander star, in silver, consisting of a large Maltese cross with ball finials, with five individual rays and a pebbled background on each arm, with a gilt crowned royal cipher of Wilhelm in each quadrant, obverse centre presenting the Order Motto on a red enamel background, Roman numeral institution date at 6'clock centre, reverse centre featuring a fine dual pin assembly and dual catch, makers cartouche of F.Siebrecht, measuring 72 mm (w) x 73 mm (h), toned silver on both obverse and reverse, extremely fine.