The Order of the Golden Fleece
The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1430. Initially, the chivalric order consisted of 24 knights with impeccable noble ancestry. Its primary objective was to preserve and defend the Roman Catholic faith. Once the hereditary line of Burgundy ceased to exist, the grand mastership of the Order passed to Maximilian I of the House of Habsburg. The knightly order still exists to this day. Its emblem is a ram fleece adorned with flintstones. The exhibition in the Imperial Palace Innsbruck is the first to display an example of the vestment and the ornate gold chain collar of the Order.
The liturgical vestment of a knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece consists of a cope made of crimson velvet decorated with rich goldwork embroidery depicting the Order’s insignia, and a chaperon (hood) and an ornate neck chain (collane).
Liturgical vestment of the Order with cope, collane and chaperon (KHM, Dep. Of Court Uniforms)