Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 50 Years


SKU: 02.BAD.0120.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$300 USD

  • Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 50 Years Obverse

Estimated market value:

$300 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Ludwig Bertsch, Karlsruhe
  • Composition
    Silver gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: L Rev: [RECIPIENT'S NAME]
  • Size
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants for 50 Years is attributed to Andreas Thies, Catalog 51, November 6-9, 2013. Please see the following page for more information: https://www.andreas-thies.de/onTEAM/grafik/A51_065_096.pdf

Physical Description and Item Details

A Latin cross with an elongated 6 o'clock arm, constructed of silver gilt. The arms bear a smooth border. The obverse centre bears a circular medallion with the monogram of Grand Duke Leopold within a pebbled border. A laurel wreath lays in the quadrants between the arms. The reverse is plain and smooth and bears the engraved name of the recipient and "800" to indicate silver. On a loop for suspension. Weighing 38 grams.


The Long Service Cross for Domestic Servants was instituted on February 16, 1876 by Grand Duchess Louise. It was conferred upon female servants to recognise 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 Cross for 50 Years features a laurel wreath between the cross arms. It was conferred upon 121 recipients.


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