Ducal Saxon-Ernestine House Order. 2nd model (without ciphers on the upper cross arm - 1864-1935), Commander’s [Komtur] Cross for military merit (with laurel wreath!) without swords (!), gold and enamels, 38.2 g, with old, but later, partly lightened neck ribbon cut. OEK22 2367.
Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden. 2. Modell (ohne Monogramme auf dem oberen Kreuzarm - 1864-1935), Komturkreuz für Militärverdienst (mit Lorbeerkranz!) ohne Schwerter, Gold emailliert, 38,2 g, am späteren, jedoch alten, tlw. Ausgebleichten Halsband-Abschnitt. OEK22 2367.
Gutes sehr schön / Good very fine.
(~€ 1’870/USD 2’200)
The order’s statutes of December 25, 1833, in article 14 clearly define that the insignia conferred for military merit should bear laurel wreaths around the centre and crossed swords through the centre. Despite this prescription, in all classes some insignia for military merit were conferred only with laurel wreath, but without crossed swords through the centre. There is no prescriptive evidence for this practice. It can only be speculated that these crosses from an unknown date were conferred upon commissioned officers who did not win it for service in direct war action.