Product Description: This cased Romanian Orden der Krone (Order of the Crown) 2nd Class with Swords is an exquisite award. This order was established in 1881 and continued to be awarded until 1947. This high quality, delicately made award is crafted out of silvered brass with beautiful red and white enamel. The surface retains virtually all of the original silver finish, with appealing, uncleaned toning. The opaque white and translucent red enamel is completely intact. The crown was made as a separate piece, and is also made of silvered brass. The metalwork retains all of the original fine detail. The suspension ring is intact, though there is no ribbon. The original case is in nice condition. The exterior retains most of the original surface, with bright original color. The gold leaf embossing on the lid is well-preserved. There is some normal edge wear, with some small surface losses on the underside. The hinge is intact and functional, though the locking clasp has detached from the hinge on the closure. The clasp is present and would only need a short pin to re-secure it but we have left it as found. Inside, the high quality silk lining displays the award handsomely. This cased Romanian Orden der Krone is a nice set. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The various European nations, states, kingdoms, and empires in existence from the second half of the 19th century through the interwar period prior to 1939 issued an extremely wide array of medals, orders, and awards of all kinds. Awards were issued for military as well as for civil service. Some awards were bestowed for acts of bravery or some other specific individual merit. At the other end of the scale, were commemorative medals that were issued en masse to whole organizations, to recognize some special event or anniversary. The issue of medals and awards increased exponentially during the first World War, and many who fought in those years went on to have long medal bars that displayed their various decorations. Issue of medals for WWI service did not cease in 1918. After the war, the authority to bestow awards seems to have become a subject of confusion in some nations, with various veteran organizations issuing unofficial commemorative medals that were not state sanctioned. When the Third Reich period began in 1933, the very first award officially instituted was a commemorative medal for WWI veterans- the so-called Hindenburg Cross.
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