This insignia: The Commemorative Insignia of the Field-Marshall Archduke Albrecht (Erinnerungszeichen an Feldmarschall Erzherzog Albrecht) is not strictly speaking a medal or a decoration but rather a commemorative of the service of Archduke Albrecht. However, because of its importance I am including it in this blog in a manner that would be similar to a commemorative medal. This award was issued when the monument to Archduke Albrecht, the victor of Custozza, was unveiled in Vienna in 1899. It was awarded to those officers and officials, still living, who had served on Archduke Albrecht’s staff.
Date Issued: May 21, 1899
Reason Issued: To reward those officers and officials, still living, who had served on Archduke Albrecht’s staff. The award was issued on the occasion of the unveiling of a monument to Archduke Albrecht, the victor of Custozza, in Vienna.
Classes or Types: One
The award was granted to the 34 living officers who had served as aides or ordinance officers on Albrecht’s staff
- The award was worn on the right side of the chest
- The Archduke died in 1895
Hallmarks: The reverse of the medal which is flat is profusely hallmarked with among other marks the 1872-1922 silver small article mark, Vienna essay office mark and the mark C.F. Rothe & Neffe
Design: A pierced badge with a vertical pin on the back
Obverse: In the center of the badge is an ornate italic letter in script superimposed over field marshal’s batons which are arranged in the form of a St. Andrews cross. The monogram and batons are surrounded by a laurel wreath composed of two boughs tied at the bottom with a bow. At the top of the wreath is a Archduke’s crown. The spaces within the wreath not occupied by the monogram and batons are pierced. (See figure 1 above)
Reverse: Vaulted plain silver with a diagonal pin.
Weight: 27.4 grams
Size: 60.5 mm by 41 mm
Type of Material: Frosted silver
- Type I Commemorative Badge of the Field-Marshall Archduke Albrecht: A silver badge as described above.
- Type II Commemorative Badge of the Field-Marshall Archduke Albrecht: A silver badge as described above except it is encrusted with diamonds.
Designer: Carl Freidrich Rothe & Neffe
Manufacturer: Carl Freidrich Rothe Rothe & Neffe
- 34 silver badges
- 1 badge in diamonds
- Type I: A black leather case which is 114 mm in height, 89 mm in width and 30 mm in depth. The attached monogram and crown are in gold gilt. The interior of the lid is white silk and has the makers logo in gold. The inner portion of the bottom of the case is black plush and fitted.
- Type II: A red leather case with an attached monogram and crown are in silver gilt. The Interior of the lid is white silk and has the makers logo in gold. The inner portion of the bottom of the case is white plush and fitted.
Miniature: A silver badge which is 24 mm in height and 16 mm in width. The badge weighs 2.6 grams. It is the same in appearance as the badge except that it has a large silver suspension ring passing through the orb of the crown. The reverse is plain. Although the badge had no ribbon associated with it the miniatures are suspended from a red ribbon which was commonly used for civil awards.
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- Hauptmann Anton Wahl,
- Oberleutnant Johann Prinz. Schwarzenberg
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