AUSTRIA – KNIGHT’S CROSS – FRANZ JOSEF ORDER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE
This is the Knight’s Cross of the Franz Josef Order, named for Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef (1830-1916). The decoration is quite handsome. Measuring from the crown it is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” Excluding the crown, the decoration measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” The cross’s arms are made of gorgeous red enamel. The Hapsburg Crown is articulated.
The decoration’s reverse bears the same red enameled arms as the obverse. The decoration’s center bears the date “1849.” (The order was founded one year after Franz Josef assumed the throne in 1848). The decoration is mounted on a triangular-shaped red and white ribbon.
It comes in its original red presentation case, which measures 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” The three initials for the order’s name appear embossed in gilt on the lid. Inside the presentation case is an embossed logo in gold.