Order of the Braid, Image from the author’s archive 

Introduction:

The Order of the Braid (Zopf-Orden) is one of the oldest and certainly strangest looking orders associated with the Austrian empire. It was created in 1367 by Albrecht III duke of Austria as an order of knighthood to create a fellowship of knights that would honor knightly values and be loyal to the Hapsburgs. It is the precursor to all other Austrian awards. Given its antiquity, it is not surprising that not a great deal is known about it. What follows is a recitation of the valid Date

Issued: 1367-1395

Reason Issued:  This order was created by Albrecht III duke of Austria as an order of knighthood to create a fellowship of knights that would honor knightly values and be loyal to the Hapsburgs.

Classes or Types: One

Albrecht III wearing the Order of the Braid. Image from the author’s archive.

Interesting Facts:

  • Albrecht was known as Albert with the braid. This was apparently because this was the hair style that he preferred.
  • The order took its motif from Albrecht III name.
  • This is thought to be the first Austrian order of knighthood. There is very little documentation in existence regarding it and only one known example which is in the Styrian State Museum. However there is a painting of Albrecht wearing it and thus its existence in the correct time frame appears to be supported by the evidence (see above).

Hallmarks: None Known

Design: A replica of a braid forming a loop with a knot at the end in gold

Obverse: A replica of a braid in three dimensions

Reverse: Plain metal.

Weight: Unknown

Size: Unknown

Type of Material: Gold

Variations: None known

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued: Unknown

Case: Unknown

Ribbon:  None

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time, I hope you find joy in our shared interest.

Rick

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