✚9890✚ Austro-Hungarian Empire pre WW1 Silver Cross of Merit with Crown W. Kunz

£199.99

Original Austro-Hungarian Empire pre WW1 Silver Cross of Merit with Crown (Silbernes Verdienstkreuz mit Krone), IN VERY NICE CONDITION - THERE IS A VERY SMALL ENAMEL FLAW ON THE OBVERSE RIGHT ARM - DIFFICULT TO NOTICE, ON NEW MILITARY TRIFOLD RIBBON, MAKER MARKED: "WILH. KUNZ - WIEN" (the firm of Wilhem Kunz in Vienna were court jewellers to the Emperor and one of the most renowned makers of orders and decorations for European courts), SILVER HALLMARKED, A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE

HISTORY OF THE AWARD:

Silver Cross of Merit with Crown (Silbernes Verdienstkreuz mit Krone) - Silver and red enamel cross pattée alisée with swivel crown suspension and ring signed ‘WILH. KUNZ WIEN X’ and silver hallmarked; the face with a circular central silver medallion with stippled ground bearing the initials ‘FJ’ for Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848-1916) within a ring inscribed ‘VIRIBUS UNITIS’ (Strength through Unity); the reverse with a smaller circular central medallion with stippled ground bearing the date ‘1849’; a chip to the red enamel of the base of the lower arm of the face and the reverse. The cross was instituted on 16 February 1850 (1849 being the year of Emperor Franz Joseph’s ascent of the throne) in four grades - Gold with and without Crown and Silver with and without Crown – to be awarded for true and lasting devotion to the monarch and the fatherland; also for long and useful activity in public service and for other services for the common good (‘für treue und bewährte Ergebenheit gegenüber dem Herrscher und den Vaterland verliehen werden, sowie auch für vieljährige nutzbringende Betätigung in öffentlichen Diensten oder auch für andere Verdienste zu Gunsten des allgemeine Wohles’).