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
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 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.
Type of Material: Gold
Variations: None known
Number Issued: Unknown
Miniature: None known
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