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eMedals-Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Golden Grand Cross with Swords & Laurels

Item: EG3330

Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Golden Grand Cross with Swords & Laurels

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Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Golden Grand Cross with Swords & Laurels

(Grossherzogtum Oldenburg, Hausorden Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Goldenes Großkreuz mit Schwertern und Lorbeer). Instituted on 27 November 1838 by Paul Friedrich August, Grand Duke of Oldenburg. (1918 Issue). A gilded silver, straight-armed cross pattée with white-enamelled arms, with gilded swords crossing through the centre, with green-enamelled laurel leaves soldered to the cross arms, the centre obverse presents the golden crowned monogram PFL (Peter Friedrich Ludwig) over a blue-enamelled field, bordered by a ring of red-enamel bearing the inscription EIN GOTT EIN RECHT EINE WAHRHEIT (ONE GOD ONE RIGHT ONE TRUTH), surmounted by a square eyelet attached to a Royal Crown, reverse centre presents a white-enamelled centre shield bearing the hand painted coat of arms of Oldenburg with an ermine coat and crown, the 12 o’clock arm bears the date 17 Jan 1755, the 3 o’clock arm bears the date 21 Mai 1829, the 6 o’clock arm bears the date 21 Nov 1838, the 9 o’clock arm bears the date 6 Jul 1785, measuring 56.67 mm (w) x 90.00 mm (h - inclusive of Imperial Crown with horizontally pierced ball suspension adorned by cross), weighing 49.87 grams, the obverse left cross arm presents a small chip/scratch next to the laurel leaf wreath and the laurel leaf wreath shows some die flaws, with discolouration observed on the reverse medallion at 11 o’clock, on loop for suspension from period original sash, accompanied by the breast star, in finely toned silver, the star body consists of eight main arms each composed of seven rays of various length with ribbed edges, with gilded swords crossing through the centre, with green-enamelled laurel leaves soldered to the swords, the centre obverse presents a round medallion displaying the silver, crowned monogram PFL over a blue enamelled background, circumscribed by a coiled border, surrounded by a ring of red enamel bearing the motto EIN GOTT EIN RECHT EINE WAHRHEIT (ONE GOD ONE RIGHT ONE TRUTH), circumscribed by a border of coil, the reverse centre presents a principle pin assembly, marked 900 on the needle for silver content, measuring 81.54 mm (w) x 82.31 mm (h), weighing 81.97 grams, the star presents nice gilding on reverse, the bottom left rivet seems to be the only one cracked during the assembly process, some of the leaf segments show die flaws, the base for the red enamel was hand-chased with jewelers tools to create a unique pattern, the blue medallion enamel shows various hairline cracks, and in extremely fine condition, accompanied by a Authentication and Appraisal provided by MedalNet Appraisal Services, Andreas Schulze Ising and Bernd Kruse.

Footnote: Only one set awarded on 15 November 1918 to General Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg. The court jeweler Richard Knauer upgraded a Grand Cross set for this occasion. However, it can be assumed that other sets were held in inventory at the jeweler or the order chancellery.

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

 

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