Germany - Imperial - Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Order of Griffin, 2nd Class, Grand Commander’s set of insignia, comprising neck badge and breast star, the Commander’s neck badge in silver, silver-gilt and enamel, measuring approx 60 x 63 mm, the Grand Commander’s breast star of multi-piece construction in silver, silver-gilt and enamel, measuring approx 80 mm in diameter, this with a small faint pawn mark to the reverse back plate, and with vertical tapered pin. Neither with any visible maker mark, both of excellent quality manufacture. Very Rare.
Condition: enamel work good, Good Very Fine.
The Order of the Griffon (German: Greifenorden) was a State Order of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Established on 15th September 1884, it was created to honour benevolence and outstanding service to the public. In August 1904, the Order of the Griffon was extended to citizens of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with the rulers of the two grand duchies serving jointly as the Grand Masters of the order.
The Order of the Griffon was awarded in three classes with six grades: First Class - Grand Cross; Second Class - Grand Commander’s Cross / Commander’s Cross / and Honour Cross or Officer’s Cross; Third Class - Knight’s Cross with Crown / and Knight’s Cross.