OLDENBURG – GRAND CROSS WITH SWORDS ON THE RING OF THE HOUSE AND SERVICE ORDER HERZOG PETER FRIEDRICH LUDWIG
The Grand Cross with Swords on the Ring of the House and Service Order Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig was one of the highest awards that could be given by the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. This relatively small Grand Duchy fielded a single infantry and cavalry regiment along with one artillery Bataillon. The decoration was awarded as a sash. This very rare decoration was only awarded TWENTY-ONE times from 1856 to 1918. It measures 4″ x 2 1/4.” Made of silver-gilt, it comes complete with a massive crown and a smaller set of crossed swords that are located on the ring.
Oldenburgers were known for producing some of the finest enamel work among Imperial Germany’s decoration makers. That said, some enamel damage shows on the decoration’s reverse in two places with a crude repair to the center. Normally, I am not inclined to purchase an order with damaged enamel. However, since the decoration is SO rare, I bought it. I may never see another one, regardless of the condition. This is, without question, the rarest decoration we have ever offered in terms of the number that were awarded. Consider that the Pour le Mérite had nearly seven hundred awards during WW I alone, then you get an inkling of how rare a bird we are offering today. Even if you do not normally collect orders and decorations, have a look at this one. Few of these exist outside a museum. The correct sash, which is 3 7/8″ wide, is included.