Foreign Orders & DecorationsAustria

27 Austria: Military - Order of Maria Theresa, Knight's Cross around 1794 / 1800.

Gold and enamel, on the beautiful original ribbon of finest moire silk. Insignificant small chips on one cross arm of the back and in the white bar of the front medallion, otherwise in excellent condition.

A particularly beautiful example of the finest quality. An example of this type is illustrated and described in Ortner / Ludwigstorff, Ă–sterreichs Orden und Ehrenzeichen, Teil I, Vol. 1, Vienna 2017, p. 283 and is attributed to Field Marshal - Lieutenant Count Johann Benedikt de Nobili (1758-1823), who received the order in 1794.

Very rare in this early version and, especially considering its age, in excellent condition.