A 1900-1918 Baden Order of Berthold the First Collar
A 1900-1918 Baden Order of Berthold the First (Orden Berthold des Ersten) Collar - In silver gilt, partially enameled, measuring approximately 90cm in total length, weighing 166 grams; consisting of fourteen larger and fourteen smaller links, ending in two-tongued box-style clasp. The clap has a silver hallmark “900”, along with an Austrian silver import hallmark “2 – bird - W” (2 indicating 900 silver, W = Wien); all silverware entering Austria was required to has an import hallmark, indicating silver purity; this particular hallmark was used from 1922 until 1938, meaning, sometimes between 1922 and 1938 this collar chain was imported into Austria. This collar chain is not maker marked; all links are die stamped, enameling is excellent, and overall quality is very good; in slightly worn condition, minor imperfections to enamels, in nearly extremely fine condition, and very rare. Footnote: this collar is identical in construction and appearance to collar illustrated in Jörg Nimmergut’s monumental work “Deutsche Orden und Ehrenzeichen”, page 77, except he states that most of the collars made were in solid 14Kt. gold; Nimmergut is also noting that some period collar are made in silver gilt (he points out to one he examined, in 800 silver, and weighing 173.3 grams); undoubtedly silver gilt collars were manufactured during 1916-1918 period, as was the common practice of making high grade Orders in silver-gilt rather then in solid gold.