Germany – Imperial States – Duchy of Baden: Order of the Zähringer Lion in Gold, Grand Cross set of insignia, circa 1900-1918, the Grand Cross sash badge consisting of a Gold four armed star with silver-gilt arabesques between the arms of the star, the obverse with a green enamelled cross pattée, with a centre enamelled medallion depicting the ruins of the “Stammschloss Zähringen”, surrounded by a golden rippled ring; the reverse with a central red enameled medallion depicting a golden rampant lion, surrounded by a golden rippled ring; on a double looped ring for suspension - measuring 59.55 mm in width by 59.42 mm in height, this accompanied by a cut down for display period original sash ribbon. The Star: silver eight-pointed star; the obverse depicting a central red enamelled medallion with a gold rampant lion, surrounded by a white ring of enamels, and inscription in gold letters, with two enamelled laurel leaves at the bottom; the reverse plain, with a vertical tapered pin-back, a barrel hinge, and a broad catch; measuring 86.60 mm in width by 86.28 mm in height. A superb example of type and extremely rare.
Condition: enamel work very good, suspension gold loop slightly bent, Good Very Fine or better.
The Order of the Zähringer Lion was instituted on 26 December 1812 by Karl, Grand Duke of Baden, in memory of the Dukes of Zahringen from whom he was descended. A total of 763 of the Order of the Zähringer Lion, Grand Cross Badge were awarded.