General Service Cross for Women in Gold

SKU: 02.BAD.0124.101.01

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  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    1883
  • makers
    Ludwig Bertsch, Karlsruhe

Physical Description


A Latin cross, constructed of silver gilt. The obverse has a smooth, raised border. The reverse is plain and smooth and bears the engraved name of the recipient. On an ornate loop for suspension, on a black ribbon.

History


The General Service for Women was founded by Grand Duchess Louise in 1883. It was conferred upon women for long and faithful service in the public and private sectors. It was mainly awarded to drawing, handicraft, and household teachers who were employed part time, or did not have the full status of a teacher. The cross was awarded in Gold and Silver and the reverse was engraved with the name of the recipient and the number of service years. If a higher level was awarded, the lower level cross had to be returned. Upon the recipient's death, the cross did not have to be returned. By 1906, 126 crosses had been awarded. The General Service Cross for Women was awarded until 1915.

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  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Rev: [RECIPIENT'S NAME AND DATE]

  • Size

    48x68mm

  • Maker

    Ludwig Bertsch, Karlsruhe

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