Austro-Hungarian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Order of the Golden Fleece
    19th century

    The neck badge with original ribbon and case of issue stamped with Austro-Hungarian Coat of Arms-3 3/8 in. long

    The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded in Bruges by Philip the Good (r. 1419-1467), Duke of Burgundy, to commemorate his marriage on the 10th January 1429 to the Infanta Isabella, daughter of the King of Portugal. Later awarded by the Kings of Spain, the order became coveted throughout Europe. In 1748, the order was divided into Austrian and Spanish branches. Except for Imperial archdukes and foreign nobility, it was usually only given as a reward for a lifetime of service to the Imperial family.

    Purchased from The Armoury of St. James, London

    Condition Report*:

    Oder of the Fleece, the enamel is in excellent condition.  However, the topnot that divert the ribbon has been struck off center on the top, making the enamel appear uneven.

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