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eMedals-Prussia, Kingdom. A Pour-le-Mérite in Gold, by Wagner, c.1914

Item: G45173

Prussia, Kingdom. A Pour-le-Mérite in Gold, by Wagner, c.1914

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Prussia, Kingdom. A Pour-le-Mérite in Gold, by Wagner, c.1914

(Pour le Mérite). Instituted by Friedrich II of Prussia after he claimed the throne in 1740. WWI period Issued (1914-15). Of high quality manufacture and exhibiting the manufacturing characteristics of Wagner, crafted in 22kt Gold, a remarkable hollow Maltese Cross with finely blue-enamelling arms, stylized by hand-chased ornamented imperial eagles in each quadrant also in Gold, the obverse featuring a period gold lettering standing “Pour Le Mérite” from the left cross arm to the right ending on the bottom arm, 12 o’clock arm with crowned monogram “F” for Freidrich, plain reverse in solid blue enamel, surmounted by typical two looped suspension, measuring 52.45 mm (w) x 52.40 mm (h), weighting 17.8 grams, light contact, an outstanding piece in near mint condition.

 

Footnote: King Friedrich I of Prussia established the “Ordre de la Générosité” in 1667. His son, Friedrich II (The Great) claimed the throne and changed the “Ordre de la Générosité” into the Order “Pour le Mérite” in 1740. The latter was awarded mainly for military and civil merit. Finally on January 18, 1810, King Friedrich-Wilhelm III limited the order to reward exclusively for merit in battle. The order became abolished for military merit after the Second World War. The Order was awarded 5750 times in its lifespan.

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