Teutonic Knights Shield


Teutonic Knights medieval shield in black, yellow and white on crackle field
Teutonic Knight - German Order

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This Replica Medieval Shield . . .

Depicts the crest of the Teutonic knights Germanic Order that was created for the Catholic subset of the Teutonic order. It varies from the Protestant variant shown below. It is constructed of 16 ga. steel. The shield size is 18" x 24" and it has a curved shape. It is the classic "Heater" style battle shield. It is hand crafted from high-resolution artwork and then clear coated to preserve the image. The shields are available in either a wall display version with a chain to hang from or a hand-held battle ready version with heavy duty 1 1/2" leather straps on the back. Order the version you desire below. 

SH503P-DG-HG-Teutonic Hanging Shield
Hanging Shield Back

SH503P-DG-BR-Teutonic Battle Shield w/Straps
Battle Ready Shield
with Leather Straps

Battle Shield Back
shield back with leather straps

Both Germanic Roman Catholic And Protestant Teutonic Knights Sub Orders Still Exist And Are Active Even Today

Teutonic Knights Shield - Original Prtestant Order
Teutonic Knights - Original Order

Original Crest of The Teutonic Knights

This is the design of the crest for the Protestant Teutonic knights order. It consists of a simple black cross on a white background.

Like the piece above, it is constructed of 16 ga. steel. This classic "Heater" style battle shield can be created as a wall hanging version or as a battle ready shield with leather straps.

Hanging Shield
Hanging Shield Back

Battle Shield
with Leather Straps

Battle Shield Back

The Teutonic Knights Shield Origin And History Of The Order

The Teutonic Knights date back to the Early Crusades being formed as the Order of the Hospital of St. Mary of the Germans during the Third Crusade in 1197. Its initial purpose was to provide much needed care for the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and its Germanic warriors as there was none being offered by its overwhelmed allies. By 1198, the conditions were so improved that the Order was then reincorporated as a military Order and Pope Innocent III granted them the right to wear a white tunic with a black cross, their plain garb dictated by their holy vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Their motto, "Helfen - Wehren - Heilen" Help - Defend - Heal"   is still in effect today with their orders which are spread throughout the world.

The shield of this organization has altered through history. It began as a cross pattée or as we now call it, the Iron Cross. When the Nazis destroyed the Order, they took the symbol as their own even as they regaled them as early forerunners of their own movement.

The simple white shield and black cross design that emerged remains the symbol of the Protestant branch based out of the Netherlands and reflects the early design of their tunics, a reminder of their vows. The Germanic symbol of the Eagle is based on the colors of the present German flag and identifies the Roman Catholic branch in present day Germany. It is based on the symbol of the House of Hohenstaufen, the family of the indomitable and beloved King Frederick Barbarossa (Freidrich I) of the Holy Roman Empire, who the founding fathers of this order were following into battle and whose leadership was cut short through his death during the Third Crusade.

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