This is a superb example of the Franz Josef Order, which Austria instituted in 1849. The cross has red enameled arms and a white enameled center featuring “FJ.” Atop the cross is an articulated crown with red enamel imbedded at the crown’s top. The decoration is attached to a red and white ribbon. Attached to the ribbon’s center is an officer’s device consisting of a smaller example of the main decoration. The decoration is housed in a very smart-looking presentation case, which measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/4.” The case is red leatherette. Embossed in gold in the center is “F.J.O.” Inside the case, the upper lid is white silk. The case’s lower half is fitted and covered in light beige or tan velvet. The reverse of the case is dated 1916. It is a very handsome decoration that comes to us directly from Vienna (Wien).