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SAXONY – MILITARY ORDER OF KNIGHT’S CROSS OF ST. HEINRICH

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This decoration represents the highest military order for bravery from the Kingdom of Saxony. It was the Knight’s Cross of the Military St. Heinrich Order. [Please Note: within the Heinrich Order’s family, this “small” award was the highest that a soldier serving Saxony could receive]. While the Orden Pour le Mérite was the highest award given in the Reich (originally Prussia’s highest award, first-issued by Frederick the Great in the 18th Century), each German Kingdom, Grand Duchy, and Duchy had its OWN top medal, which was most often reserved for that state’s native sons. Such was the case with the Kingdom of Saxony, so it was common for an officer who received one award to also receive the other. This award was reserved for officer’s ONLY. Several states offered a different award to NCO’s or enlisted men.
The order’s cross measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” from its bottom to the massive articulated crown’s top. The order has an extremely-detailed and interesting obverse and reverse. The obverse features a beautifully hand-painted representation of St. Heinrich at the very center. This small center area displays SIX different colors of enamel. Surrounding that is a blue and gold Latin motto. White enamel trim on a gold metal background extends out to the cross’s arms. A system of enamel studded with semiprecious stones connects the cross’s four arms. The previously-mentioned large, articulated gold crown sits atop the cross. A jump ring at the crown’s top allows the attachment of the decoration’s ribbon.
The decoration’s reverse features Saxony’s well-known Coat-of-Arms: a black and gold enamel background featuring a diagonal green branch in its center (in the same position as St. Heinrich on the obverse). It is surrounded by a blue and gold enamel circle that features Saxony’s motto in gold against the blue enamel. The cross’s arms are connected and decorated in the identical manner as the obverse.
After examining the medal as closely as I can through a high-powered lens, I can find NO hallmarks for the manufacturer or the silver content. I believe the medal is a gilt-coating over silver rather than a gold example. It just does not have the look of gold. I DO judge it to be a WW I era example, probably late-war.
The ribbon is quite attractive and quite a bit longer than what we normally see. It measures some 17 ½” in length. A black suspender is attached to the ribbon.
Perhaps the most famous man to be awarded this decoration was Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two Imperial German Air Service pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. He also is the person for whom the Pour le Mérite was nicknamed. [“Blue Max” sounds better than the “Blue Oswald” doesn’t it? Manfred von Richthofen did not receive his award until the following year, and the “Blue Manfred” just doesn’t have the same ring either]!
The decoration is in excellent condition with no enamel damage that I am able to see. It is a stunning piece.

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SAXONY – MILITARY ORDER OF KNIGHT’S CROSS OF ST. HEINRICH

This decoration represents the highest military order for bravery from the Kingdom of Saxony. It was the Knight’s Cross of the Military St. Heinrich Order. [Please Note: within the Heinrich Order’s family, this “small” award was the highest that a soldier serving Saxony could receive]. While the Orden Pour le Mérite was the highest award given in the Reich (originally Prussia’s highest award, first-issued by Frederick the Great in the 18th Century), each German Kingdom, Grand Duchy, and Duchy had its OWN top medal, which was most often reserved for that state’s native sons. Such was the case with the Kingdom of Saxony, so it was common for an officer who received one award to also receive the other. This award was reserved for officer’s ONLY. Several states offered a different award to NCO’s or enlisted men.
The order’s cross measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” from its bottom to the massive articulated crown’s top. The order has an extremely-detailed and interesting obverse and reverse. The obverse features a beautifully hand-painted representation of St. Heinrich at the very center. This small center area displays SIX different colors of enamel. Surrounding that is a blue and gold Latin motto. White enamel trim on a gold metal background extends out to the cross’s arms. A system of enamel studded with semiprecious stones connects the cross’s four arms. The previously-mentioned large, articulated gold crown sits atop the cross. A jump ring at the crown’s top allows the attachment of the decoration’s ribbon.
The decoration’s reverse features Saxony’s well-known Coat-of-Arms: a black and gold enamel background featuring a diagonal green branch in its center (in the same position as St. Heinrich on the obverse). It is surrounded by a blue and gold enamel circle that features Saxony’s motto in gold against the blue enamel. The cross’s arms are connected and decorated in the identical manner as the obverse.
After examining the medal as closely as I can through a high-powered lens, I can fin NO hallmarks for the manufacturer or the silver content. I believe the medal is a gilt-coating over silver rather than a gold example. It just does not have the look of gold. I DO judge it to be a WW I era example, probably late-war.
The ribbon is quite attractive and quite a bit longer than what we normally see. It measures some 17 ½” in length. A black suspender is attached to the ribbon.
Perhaps the most famous man to be awarded this decoration was Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two Imperial German Air Service pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. He also is the person for whom the Pour le Mérite was nicknamed. [“Blue Max” sounds better than the “Blue Oswald” doesn’t it? Manfred von Richthofen did not receive his award until the following year, and the “Blue Manfred” just doesn’t have the same ring either]!
The decoration is in excellent condition with no enamel damage that I am able to see. It is a stunning piece.

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SAXONY – MILITARY ORDER OF KNIGHT’S CROSS OF ST. HEINRICH

This decoration represents the highest military order for bravery from the Kingdom of Saxony. It was the Knight’s Cross of the Military St. Heinrich Order. [Please Note: within the Heinrich Order’s family, this “small” award was the highest that a soldier serving Saxony could receive]. While the Orden Pour le Mérite was the highest award given in the Reich (originally Prussia’s highest award, first-issued by Frederick the Great in the 18th Century), each German Kingdom, Grand Duchy, and Duchy had its OWN top medal, which was most often reserved for that state’s native sons. Such was the case with the Kingdom of Saxony, so it was common for an officer who received one award to also receive the other. This award was reserved for officer’s ONLY. Several states offered a different award to NCO’s or enlisted men.
The order’s cross measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” from its bottom to the massive articulated crown’s top. The order has an extremely-detailed and interesting obverse and reverse. The obverse features a beautifully hand-painted representation of St. Heinrich at the very center. This small center area displays SIX different colors of enamel. Surrounding that is a blue and gold Latin motto. White enamel trim on a gold metal background extends out to the cross’s arms. A system of enamel studded with semiprecious stones connects the cross’s four arms. The previously-mentioned large, articulated gold crown sits atop the cross. A jump ring at the crown’s top allows the attachment of the decoration’s ribbon.
The decoration’s reverse features Saxony’s well-known Coat-of-Arms: a black and gold enamel background featuring a diagonal green branch in its center (in the same position as St. Heinrich on the obverse). It is surrounded by a blue and gold enamel circle that features Saxony’s motto in gold against the blue enamel. The cross’s arms are connected and decorated in the identical manner as the obverse.
After examining the medal as closely as I can through a high-powered lens, I can fin NO hallmarks for the manufacturer or the silver content. I believe the medal is a gilt-coating over silver rather than a gold example. It just does not have the look of gold. I DO judge it to be a WW I era example, probably late-war.
The ribbon is quite attractive and quite a bit longer than what we normally see. It measures some 17 ½” in length. A black suspender is attached to the ribbon.
Perhaps the most famous man to be awarded this decoration was Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two Imperial German Air Service pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. He also is the person for whom the Pour le Mérite was nicknamed. [“Blue Max” sounds better than the “Blue Oswald” doesn’t it? Manfred von Richthofen did not receive his award until the following year, and the “Blue Manfred” just doesn’t have the same ring either]!
The decoration is in excellent condition with no enamel damage that I am able to see. It is a stunning piece.