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eMedals-Montenegro, Kingdom. An Order of Danilo I, IV Class Officer, by V.Mayer, c.1910

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Montenegro, Kingdom. An Order of Danilo I, IV Class Officer, by V.Mayer, c.1910

Sale Date: December 31, 2018 Hammer Price

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Montenegro, Kingdom. An Order of Danilo I, IV Class Officer, by V.Mayer, c.1910

(Орден Књаза Данила I). Instituted in 1853. 2nd Model (1861-1918). In silver gilt with red, white and blue enamels, Gold centrepieces, crown in 18K Gold, weighing 27.7 grams inclusive of its ribbon which is sewn in place, hallmarked with a dog's head flanked by an "A" (Vienna) on the left and a "4" on the right, along with being maker marked "VM" (Vincent Mayer's Söhne) on the ring, measuring 38.5 mm (w) x 59.7 mm (h) inclusive of its crown and laterally-pierced ball suspension, intact enamels, original triangular ribbon with hook and eye, extremely fine.

Footnote: The Order of Danilo I was the first Montenegrin dynastic and state Order established by Prince Danilo Petrović Njegoš in 1853, for the Independence of Montenegro in 1852-1853. Alterations were made to the appearance of the original decoration created by Prince Danilo, and during the rule of His Majesty King Nikola I Petrović Njegoš, the Order underwent two restructures. During the first restructure in 1861, three classes were introduced, while in the second restructure, from 1873, an additional class was added, so that not only is there a star in the 1st class but also a 2nd class with star was introduced. By 1922, the order consisted of five classes: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight. More changes occurred and today's five classes are: Grand Cross 1st Class, Grand Officer 2nd Class, Knight Commander 3rd Class, Knight 4th Class and Member 5th Class. This decoration is still awarded to prominent champions of the preservation of Montenegrin independence and, as indicated above, for other humanitarian, scientific, artistic and pro-social achievements pursuant to the conditions by which the Order is awarded were defined by statute.

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