Germany - Imperial, Principality of Reuss and Kingdom of Bulgaria: Pair of awards comprising: Reuss: Princely Reuss Cross of Honour, 4th Class, silver and silver-gilt, on Peacetime ribbon; Kingdom of Bulgaria: Royal Order for Civil Merit, Knight 5th Class, silver and enamels; Ferdinand I, Tsar issue, 1908-1918. Mounted parade style as worn, on original ribbon, mounting dates from the era leading up to the First World War.

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Product ID: CMA/27531
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Germany - Imperial, Principality of Reuss and Kingdom of Bulgaria: Pair of awards comprising: Reuss: Princely Reuss Cross of Honour, 4th Class, silver and silver-gilt, on Peacetime ribbon; Kingdom of Bulgaria: Royal Order for Civil Merit, Knight 5th Class, silver and enamels; Ferdinand I, Tsar issue, 1908-1918. Mounted parade style as worn, on original ribbon, mounting dates from the era leading up to the First World War.

Condition: evidence of wear, Good Very Fine.

The Princely Reuss Cross of Honour was instituted on 24th May 1869 by Prince Heinrich XIV of Reuss-Gera and in 1885 and 1897 silver and gold merit medals were added for non-commissioned officers and other ranks. In 1909, swords were added for military awards and on 9th January 1915 a war ribbon was created. In 1902, when Prince Heinrich XXII of Reuss Greiz (Reuss Older Line) died, his heir, Prince Heinrich XXIV was considered incapable of discharging his duties and Prince Heinrich XXVII, son of the reigning prince of Reuss Gera, was made Regent and the award of the Cross and its associated medals was extended to Reuss Greiz. The combined population of the two principalities was less than 250,000 and the decoration is relatively rare.

The Bulgarian Order for Civil Merit was instituted on 2nd August 1891 to be conferred only on civilians and for exemplary service or acts of merit earning the gratitude of the country. This example is from the reign of Ferdinand I, after the proclamation of the kingdom when the crown suspension changed from the ‘Knyaz’ (Princely) form to the ‘Tsar’ form, and thus from the period 1908-1918.