Strong together

Rare vintage Collane of the Order of the Golden Fleece, around 1980

The Order of the Golden Fleece is one of the oldest and most important orders of chivalry. It was founded in Bruges on 10 January 1430 by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, on the occasion of his marriage to Isabella of Portugal, and eventually passed by succession to the Habsburg Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The Order still exists today, more than 590 years after its foundation: it is divided into two lines, under the Grand Masters Charles Habsburg-Lorraine and King Felipe VI of Spain. Members of the order wear a collane, a chain of the order whose shape has hardly changed since the 15th century. One of the earliest examples has been preserved in the treasury of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (-> inv. no. WS XIV 263). It always consists of two repeating elements: The flint, depicted as enamelled spheres with jets of fire blazing away from the sides, and two framing fire irons (each of which was used to strike the flint. Their hook-shaped handles are interlocked as chain links. Philip the Good used flint and fire-irons from the beginning of his reign (1419) as an illustration of his motto "Ante ferit quam flamme micet" ("Before the blow, then the flame shines") in his coat of arms. Like the Order's motto "Pretium laborum non vile", "No small price of labour", they refer to the idea that fame and success can only be achieved through effort and work. The Order, on the other hand, is named after the ram's skin attached to the collane, the "Golden Fleece" of ancient mythology. The members of the order are supposed to give each other support and form a whole by joining together like the loosely hooked links of the chain - the chain thus wonderfully depicts the idea of the order of equal-ranking members who can only achieve their goals together. This collane is made of gilded silver and was probably created in the years around 1980. It shows the flints and fire irons in a wonderful interpretation. The actual medal can be attached to the collane, for this purpose there is a corresponding haen on the back. Unfortunately, we do not know to which member of the Order of the Golden Fleece the collane once belonged. Elaborately crafted, it was certainly made by order of a member of the Order, it is completely handmade. We discovered this rare piece in the Saarland.

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