Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 25 Years

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SKU: 02.BAD.0120.104.01.000

Estimated market value:

$250 USD

  • Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 25 Years
  • Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 25 Years Reverse

Estimated market value:

$250 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Ludwig Bertsch, Karlsruhe
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: L Rev: [RECIPIENT'S NAME]
  • Size
    52.83 mm (w) x 86.82 mm (h)

Physical Description and Item Details


A Latin cross with an elongated 6 o'clock arm, constructed of silver. The arms bear a smooth border. The obverse center bears a circular medallion with the monogram of Grand Duke Leopold within a pebbled border. Detailed loops lay in the quadrants between the arms. The reverse bears an etched recipient’s name of “AUGUSTE KERN” and is not silver marked. Measuring 52.83 mm (w) x 86.82 mm (h) and weighing 34.8 grams.

History


The Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants was instituted on February 16, 1876 by Grand Duchess Louise. It was conferred upon female servants to recognize long and faithful service. Originally the cross was conferred upon servants for 25, 40 or 50 years of irreproachable service with the same employer. Applications for the cross were submitted to the women's association, the Badischer Frauenverein, annually by October 15. The Grand Duchess would then make her selections. The first award ceremony took place on June 13, 1876. The official day of the awards ceremony was December 3, the birthday of Grand Duchess Louise. However, in Karlsruhe the award ceremony was May 21, the birthday of the late Grand Duchess Sophie. Upon a recipient's death the crosses did not need to be returned, but if a recipient received a higher class, the lower class cross had to be returned. In 1905, the 60 Year cross was added to the award. In 1920, the appearance of the cross changed and was reduced to a single grade. On March 31, 1936, the German Labour Front (DAF) took over the awarding of the cross.

The Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 25 Years was conferred upon 2177 recipients.

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