Medals from Around the World: Order of Civil Merit, Saxony
Date made, 1890, Date cited in many places on the internet that the cards were printed.
One of a set (incomplete, original set of 50) of 13 trade cards (tobacco cards/premiums in cigarette packs) depicting different medals and decorations from around the world. See below for complete list of 50. Cards in this set are the large format 2 7/8" H x 3 1/4 W. Set was also produced in a smaller 1 3/4" H x 1 1/2 W. Depicted on the card is the Order of Civil Merit, Saxony. Middle of the cross is white with gold edges. Between each arm of the cross appears to be green shamrocks. Middle of the cross is a gold arrow-like shape with a crown at the top. Around the inside edges in gold is printed: FR. AUG. V.S.D.Z JULY A815
The World’s Decorations (50)
Order of Alcatara of Spain
Order of the Bath, Gt. Britain
Order of the Bust of Bolivar
Order of Civil Merit, Saxony
Royal & Distinguished Order of Charles III of Spain
Christ Holy See
Order of the Crown, Germany
Crown of Italy, Italy
Order of the Crown of Oak, Luxembourg
Order of the Crown of Wurtemberg
Order of the Dannebrog, Denmark
Order of the Elephant, Denmark
Imp. Order of Frances Joseph of Austria
Jewel of the Garter, Gt. Britain
Order of the Golden Fleece, Austria
Order of the Golden Spur, Holy See
Order of Gregory the Great, Holy See
Order of the House of Hehenzollern, Prussia
Order of the Indian Empire, Gt. Britain
Order of the Iron Crown, Austria
Cross of the Legion of Honor, France
Order of Leopold, Belgium
Imperial Order of the Medjdie, Turkey
Order of Merit, Prussia
Order of the Neatherlands Lion of Holland
Order of the Polar Star, Sweden
Red Eagle, Prussia
Imperial Order of the Rose of Brazil
Order of the Seraphim, Sweden
Badge of the Society of Cincinnati, U.S. of A.
Order of St. Andrew, Russia
Order of St. Anne, Russia
Military Order of St. George, Russia
Order of St. Hubert, Bavaria
Order of St. James, Portugal
Order of St. John, Holy See
St. Maurice & St. Lazarus, Italy
St. Michael & St. George, Gt. Britain
Order of St. Michael, Bavaria
St. Olaf, Norway
St. Stephen, Hungary
Jewel of Order of St. Patrick, Gt. Britain
Order of St. Vladimir, Russia
Order of the Sun and Lion, Persia
Jewel of the Order of the Thistle, Gt. Britain
Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Tower and Sword, Portugal
Order of the White Falcon, Saxe Weimar
Military Order of William, Netherlands
Order of the Zaehringen Lion, Baden
Trade cards found in the HC collection (were previously glued to a page as evidenced by missing portions and glue residue on the back of each card), it is possible the cards were originally part of 1957.2 donation, however no documentation currently (2015) exists to prove this., Allen & Ginter
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Engraving of the Allen & Ginter mascot and warehouses in Richmond, Virginia (from an 1886 promotional book)
Allen and Ginter was the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco manufacturing firm formed by John Allen and Lewis Ginter in 1865.
The firm created and marketed the first cigarette cards for collecting and trading. Some of the cards in the series include Charles Comiskey, Cap Anson, Jack Glasscock, and Buffalo Bill. Since 2006, a revived version of the trading card brand has been issued by Topps.
2 Trading Cards
3 See also
5 Further reading
6 External links
6.1 Information on Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Card Sets
The firm of Allen & Ginter was founded in 1865. In 1882 Allen retired, leaving Ginter, who retained the firm name despite taking on one John Pope as new partner. The first tobacco company to employ female labor, by 1886 they had 1,100 employees, predominantly girls, who rolled the cigarettes.
The company offered a prize for the invention of a machine able to roll cigarettes (which until then had been hand-rolled). James Albert Bonsack won this prize with his 1880/81 invention. Because it was not completely reliable, all but one of the large tobacco manufacturers declined to buy the machine. James Buchanan Duke did buy this cigarette rolling machine in 1885 and used it to great success; by 1890 he had consolidated his four major competitors, including Allen & Ginter, and formed the American Tobacco Company. The "Allen & Ginter Company" was no more, but Lewis Ginter sat on the board of the American Tobacco Company.
An Allen & Ginter baseball card of Charles Comiskey, issued in 1887 (N28).
The cigarette brands of Allen & Ginter included Richmond Gems, Virginia Brights, Perfection, Dandies and Little Beauties. There were various tobacco era sets released as promotional items for these products. The most popular and highly sought after of these sets is the 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter card set.
In 2006 Topps resurrected the Allen & Ginter trading card brand name. As of 2012 it remains one of their most popular, highest selling brands in their product lineup.
Under the Topps banner, Allen & Ginter cards began to feature hand painted cards of current baseball players as well as various insert sets featuring standout athletes in other sports, pop culture icons, and historical figures ranging from Wee-Man to Davy Crockett and everything in between.
From 2006-2009 Dick Perez was commissioned to hand paint special one of one insert cards in the style of Allen & Ginter. Perez created 30 art cards each of those years featuring the prominent stars of the game.
The best known of the Allen & Ginter insert sets however, are the DNA Hair Relic cards. These highly lauded cards feature strands of hair from famous historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King George III, George Washington and many others 
Wood, James P. (1886). The Industries of Richmond: Her Trade, Commerce, Manufactures and Representative Establishments. Richmond, Virginia: The Metropolitan Publishing Co. pp. 59–60.
Pritcher, Lynn. "More About Tobacco Advertising and the Tobacco Collections." Duke University Libraries. 24 January 2008. 10 April 2008.
"2006 Allen & Ginter Dick Perez Original Sketches". sportscard-checklists.net.
Front: Order of Cuivil Merit, Saxony
Back: The World's Decorations/Knighthood Chivalry Merit Heroism
(back of this card is partially missing, per the internet the back originally would have read (No. 13 Imperial Order of Francis-Joseph Grade of Chevalier Austria/50 of the Principal Orders numbering 1 to 50)
Allen & Ginter Richmond, Virginia