DescriptionFine Franz Josef Miniature Gold Enameled Imperial Collar Formed as a Bracelet
Viennese, circa 1849
Designed as the Grand Cross in white and red enamel, centered on the initials FJ, for Franz-Josef, Emperor of Austria (r. 1848-1916), King of Hungary (r. 1867-1916), the reverse in white enamel with date 1849 in gold, suspended from a gold link bracelet decorated with eleven alternating enameled circular links, these links decorated either with red initials FJ on polished gold, or with gold Habsburg crowns on white ground, enameled on both sides, attached at one end to a gold replica of the star of the order with suspension hook, the reverse engraved VIRIBUS UNITIS (by joint effort), the other end with oval link chain-8 1/4 in long, in original fitted gray leather presentation box stamped C.F. ROTHE K.K. HOF u. KAMMER-JUWELIER, KOHLMARKT I WIEN
Franz Josef (1830-1916)
One of Europe's longest reigning monarchs, Franz-Joseph was Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, and King of Bohemia from 1848 to 1916. His lengthy rule was marked by tragedy, including a loveless marriage, the suicide and murder of two heirs, and the empire's entry into a disastrous war. His dynasty, the House of Habsburg, survived his death by two years and was replaced by a republic at the end of the First World War, in 1918.
Probably made to commemorate the Coronation of Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria.
Purchased from Bathgate Ltd., London
Condition report available upon request.
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