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Firstly, apologies for no update last week – an update to the underlying system caused a minor error, which has now been fixed! Today I added the Order of Sidonia, awarded to noble Saxon ladies, originally for service to wounded soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 and subsequently for more general merit. Although it is a single-class order, royal ladies could wear the insignia on a sash rather than the more usual bow.October 18, 2020 at 7:06 am in reply to: People’s Republic of Bulgaria – Order of Cyril and Methodius #66319
Those are lovely, Justin. Would you be willing to let us put the images in the Images Database, please?
And now I have added the Type 2 Albert Order (the one depicting the correct Albert!). The one thing omitted in this order is a variant – found in both Type 1 and Type 2 – called ‘swords on ring’, a phenomenon that occured when someone was awarded a higher grade of the order without swords having previously recieved a lower grade with swords. Again, Andreas Shultze Ising has written about this in the blog area of this website… but I have yet to collect images of it.
The other ‘medals’ forum I inhabit – GMIC – is also far quieter than it used to be. It doesn’t seem to be a move elsewhere, to other technologies, however. Auctions still seem to be thriving, so it’s not a lack of interest in medals. We need to encourage more discussion, more sharing of ideas and (for those who have them) collections. (I’m an oddball, I collect information rather than items.)
I wonder if we should try a virtual convention? I did suggest it when the regular one was cancelled this summer at fairly short notice due to coronavirus. The way things are going, who knows what will be happening next summer. The university at which I work has already decided to go for mostly online delivery for the entire academic year (rather than for the first semester as originally planned). Even if those of you in America may meet there may still be restrictions on international travel.
Perhaps a ‘virtual’ strand in parallel with the ‘real’ convention, which could be enlarged if it proves impossible to meet in person?
Today, I’ve moved on to the Kingdom of Saxony’s Albert Order, which was established in memory of Albert the Bold (Albrecht der Beherzten) who founded the Albertinien family line that ruled in Saxony, and with the intention of displaying his bust on the insignia. Unfortunately someone messed up and the wrong Albert – another fellow called Albert the Perennial – was depicted instead! Worse it took from 1850 to 1875 for anyone to notice. This triggered a hasty redesign. This delightful tale comes courtesy of Andreas Shultze Ising, who has also written on both this website and his own at length about the variants of this order.
I’ve spent so long ferreting around finding images that I only managed to get the ‘incorrect’ Type 1 done today. I’ll finish this off next week…
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This is the Type 1 Civil version, awarded 1836-1901.
Spent today plugging away at the rest of the Kingdom of Saxony Order of Civil Merit, including backfilling where I managed to run down some images I hadn’t found earlier.
GRRR. I’m beginning to go off the Kingdom of Saxony… images, particularly of higher classes of orders, are so darn elusive! I have been piecing together the Civil Order oF Merit, founded in 1815 and having been modified over time – additions of swords, varying classes, and so on – and can I find images? Not as many as I would like. One fascinating facet of this order is, that for a brief time, there was a special version for awarding to foreigners. This appears to have been because the regular motto – FÜR VERDIENST UND TREUE – was thought unsuitable for a non-citizen who could not be expected to be loyal to Saxony, so a different motto DEM VERDIENST was used instead.
Today I started in on the Kingdom of Saxony, adding the Order of the Rue Crown and the Military Order of St Henry. This latter order proved remarkably frustrating: it went through 4 iterations, the first three of which were awarded sparingly, only a single instance of the first type was known to have survived and that was stolen in 1935 and never seen again! However, I have managed to piece together descriptions of every version, and found pictures of the last one, awarded 1829-1919.
Here’s a portrait of August Lodewijk of Anhalt-Köthen wearing the first type of the Military Order of St Henry as a neck badge. Sorry, it’s the best image I’ve found of the thing!
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Antii will probably be writing to you shortly, but he tells me that his books are available here: https://tallinnmuseum.com/product/ordersof-romania/
Ray, I have asked Antti if he has any left. I’m not parting with my treasured copy!!!
Today I added the Red Cross Medal for Services to Blood Donation and the one for actually making donations of blood – these are nice medals but you have to give a lot of blood to receive one: 100 donations for the 3rd class!
That pretty much wraps it up for national-level current Austrian awards. I hope you enjoyed them… modern current awards are often quite hard to find. Next I think we’ll go a bit historical: The Kingdom of Saxony. (Of course, if anyone has a suggestion for a nation or era they would like me to focus on, I’d be interested to hear about it…)
It’s been very quiet of late: a few enquiries and my weekly updates on stuff added to the images database seems to be it. Shame, really.
Austrian Red Cross today, a Medal of Merit in 3 classes and a new one I found recently, the Red Cross Medal for Merit for Disaster Relief and Development Cooperation. There’s another bunch from the Red Cross for the blood transfusion service to come, and that’s pretty much it for medals awarded nationally. The 9 federal states are another matter entirely, and I may wait until I’ve sorted them all out before putting them up here!
Interested in current ones… but there’s very little information and even fewer images to be found 🙁