Previous Page

KNIGHT’S CROSS WITH SWORDS OF THE HOHENZOLLERN HOUSE ORDER – PRUSSIA.

SKU: 05-1681

$1.00

The Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (KCHHO) was one of the most important of the Imperial German decorations. It was founded during Prussian König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s reign. He was König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s eldest son. The latter led Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. The decoration was founded in 1851. During WW I, it was awarded to officers (only) who previously had been awarded the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class (in most cases). Generally, the KCHHO was to have been awarded BEFORE the Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM). This was not a firm and fast rule, however. Sometimes it was skipped or quickly awarded before the nomination for the PLM was put forward.

Sold


Description

The Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (KCHHO) was one of the most important of the Imperial German decorations. It was founded during Prussian König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s reign. He was König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s eldest son. The latter led Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. The decoration was founded in 1851. During WW I, it was awarded to officers (only) who previously had been awarded the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class (in most cases). Generally, the KCHHO was to have been awarded BEFORE the Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM). This was not a firm and fast rule, however. Sometimes it was skipped or quickly awarded before the nomination for the PLM was put forward. About 1,687 PLM’s were awarded during WW I. The KCHHO was awarded approximately 8,000 times during the Great War. By comparison, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross (awarded during WW II) had approximately 9,000 awards in all of its classes, including the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, Oak Leaves, Swords, Golden Oak Leaves, and Diamonds. My point here is to show that the two decorations were awarded in fairly similar numbers, yet the lowest level of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross award routinely sells for $8,000 to $10,000, and up. [Please remember the latter at the description’s end when you see the price we are seeking]. The cross measures 1 ¾” x 2 ¼.” Its obverse features the House of Hohenzollern’s Eagle. The cross displays white enamel trimmed in black. Its center features black, white, blue, and gold enamel. The nine o’clock arm’s outer edge has a small chip on the obverse. The cross’s reverse displays Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s royal cypher in gold against a white enamel center. Also, the order’s date of inception (18 January 1851) appears in the outer ring. The six o’clock’s arm has a small chip on its bottom, as well. A green oak leaf wreath circles through and connects all four arms. Gilt-toned crossed swords are thrust through the center. The crown topping the decoration is both articulated and massive. A .838 silver hallmark marks the six o’clock arm’s edge. It is a very fine example of the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. It comes with a short length of original ribbon, which is a “war ribbon” similar to that of the Iron Cross 2nd Class. The same type of ribbon was also used on the Prussian Red Eagle and Crown Orders with Swords when they were awarded during wartime. These decorations are becoming increasingly scarce. I am quite pleased to share this example with you today.