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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint George of Carinthia, commander
[II120]
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Large gilt-edged Greek cross with elaborate gilt, red enamel and jewelled suspension in the form of the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (Reichskrone) with loop for neck ribbon; the face with a circular central white enamel medallion with the gilt metal figure of St George on horseback slaying the dragon imposed, within a gilt metal ring; the reverse with a circular central medallion inscribed in gilt letters ‘DEUS ET PATRIA’ (God and Country) within a gilt metal ring; height excluding suspension ring 88mm (3½ inches), width 56mm (2¼ inches); on a short length of display ribbon. The original Order was created in the Austrian province of Carinthia in 1273 and seems to have been ‘revived’ in the 1950s. The current status, purpose and composition of the Order are not known and it appears to have become dormant. In Carinthia, as in many other parts of Eastern Europe, traditionally it is upon St George’s Day that winter ends and the earth is reborn, accompanied by many rites and festivities. The Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (Reichskrone) is now in the Treasury at the Hofburg, Vienna in the care of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and was made in Germany some time during the second half of the 10th Century. An impressive and well-made piece.

 
   
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