• 2500.00 £
  • Published date: April 26, 2024
    • Porthcurno, Cornwall, United Kingdom


⭕ Insignia of the Grand Cross of the Imperial Austrian Order of Franz Joseph

This sale is for an extremely rare order: the Grand Cross of the Imperial Austrian Order of Franz Joseph. This order was founded by the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria on the first anniversary of his accession to the imperial throne in 1849 and has been awarded until 1916.

This is a Grand Cross set of insignia, comprising the breast star, the badge and the red silk sash. The breast star measures 93 x 85 mm ( c. 3 5/8 x c. 3 3/8 inches). The badge measures (including suspension ring) 87 x 48 mm (c. 3,5 x c. 1 3/4 inches). The red silk sash is 2 x 79 cm long and 10,4 cm wide.

The breast star is made of partially gilt and enameled silver. There are hallmarks and a makers mark on the needle of the breast star: C.F. ROTHE-WIEN and two times an A for the Vienna provenance. It weighs 69, 3 grams. The badge appears to be made of gilt and enameled metal. It is apparently unmarked, weighing 30 grams.

The order comes in its original case of issue. This is inscribed on the cover below the Austrian coat-of-arms: FRANZ JOSEPH-ORDENS GROSSKREUZ. It is marked on the inside: Rothe & Neffe Wien / K.u.K. Kammer-Juweliere. In 1855 C. F. Rothe & Neffe were nominated k.k. Hof-Goldarbeiter by Emperor Franz Joseph, in 1868 they were nominated k.k. Kammer-Juwelier. The case measures 20,8 x 12 x 4,6 cm (c. 8 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches). The case has a sticker 1905 on its base, which could be an indication of the year of issue of this medal.

Condition: all parts are in perfect condition, uncleaned as found, showing insignificant traces of age, but no damages or repairs.

Phone number ✆ 01326 152707

Porthcurno, Cornwall

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