Prussia, Kingdom. A Pour-le-Mérite with Oak Leaves, by Wagner, c.1930

Item #G47082


(Orden Pour le Merite für Militärverdienst Ordenskreuz mit Eichenlaub). Instituted June 1740 by King Friedrich II. (1813-1918 issue; post-1918 reissue). A well-preserved postwar replacement issue Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves, constructed of gilded bronze with multi-coloured enamels, consisting of a Maltese Cross with blue enameled arms, the quadrants joined together by finely-detailed gilt Prussian imperial eagles, the obverse three, six, and nine o’clock arms bearing a gilt inscription of “POUR LE MÉRITE”, the twelve o’clock arm bearing a gilt monogram of King Friedrich II topped by a crown, the same arm also topped by an integral loop and suspension ring connecting to a period original shortened length of neck ribbon, the suspension ring connecting to a clasp consisting of three raised oak leaves, unmarked but with the physical characteristics of manufacture with the original die of Johann Wagner & Sohn, Berlin, the cross measuring 53.43 mm (w) x 53.58 mm (h), the oak leaf clasp measuring 17.63 mm (w) x 20.67 mm (h), weighing 37.9 grams overall, with minor loss of gilt and flecking of the enamels evident, in overall near extremely fine condition.


Footnote: This example is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Andreas Schulze Ising and Bernd Kruse of Medalnet Appraisal Services, issued 31 January 2020.