Long Service Labour Medal

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  • Long Service Labour Medal (1896-1908) Obverse
  • Long Service Labour Medal (1896-1908) Reverse
  • Long Service Labour Medal (1896-1908) Obverse
  • Long Service Labour Medal (1896-1908) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    November 11, 1895
  • remarks
    There are three different versions of the Long Service Labour Medal. The first was awarded from 1896 to 1908. The obverse inscription utilized the term "GROSHERZOG" (with a singular "S"). The second version was awarded from 1908 to 1916 and utilized "GROSSHERZOG" (with a double "S"). The third version was awarded from 1916 to 1918 and were no longer composed of bronze. It featured the original spelling of "GROSHERZOG".

Physical Description


There are three versions of the Long Service Labour Medal. The first is a circular medal constructed of oxidized bronze. The obverse bears a bust of Grand Duke Friedrich II, encompassed by the inscription "FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN", all within a border of laurel leaves. The reverse bears the inscription "FÜR TREUE ARBEIT" on a central plaque with arabesque detailing, a beehive and a variety of tools, encompassed by a border of oak leaves. On a horizontally elongated suspension with a red and yellow striped ribbon.

The second version is a circular medal constructed of bronze. The obverse bears a bust of Grand Duke Friedrich II, encompassed by the inscription "FRIEDRICH GROSSHERZOG VON BADEN", all within a border of laurel leaves. The reverse bears the inscription "FÜR TREUE ARBEIT" on a central plaque with arabesque detailing, a beehive and a variety of tools, encompassed by a border of oak leaves. On a horizontally elongated suspension with a red and yellow striped ribbon.

The third version is a circular medal constructed of coppered iron or coppered war material. The obverse bears a bust of Grand Duke Friedrich II, encompassed by the inscription "FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN", all within a border of laurel leaves. The reverse bears the inscription "FÜR TREUE ARBEIT" on a central plaque with arabesque detailing, a beehive and a variety of tools, encompassed by a border of oak leaves. On a horizontally elongated suspension with a red and yellow striped ribbon.

History


The Long Service Labour Medal was instituted by Grand Duke Friedrich I on November 11, 1895. It was conferred to workers and servants in recognition of 30 years of loyal service and maintenance of a dutiful attitude towards the fatherland. This included railroad workers, meadow overseers, workshop and warehouse workers, woodcutters, forest workers, goods overseers, salt workers, customs workers and ferry workers. The medal was nonreturnable and was worn before the Civil Merit Medal. Military service was also taken into account when awarding the Long Service Labour Medal. Applications for the medal were made by the service lord and the award ceremony took place on the Grand Duke's birthday. Upon Grand Duke Friedrich I's death, the portrait of the medal was unchanged as it was important to link the award to its creator.

There are three different versions of the Long Service Labour Medal. The first was awarded from 1896 to 1908. The second version was awarded from 1908 to 1916 and the third version was awarded from 1916 to 1918.

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Versions

  • Price

    $100 USD

  • Composition

    Oxidized Bronze

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN Rev: FÜR TREUE ARBEIT

  • Size

    35mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of oxidized bronze and bears the inscription "GROSHERZOG" with one "S". It was awarded from 1896 to 1908.

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  • Price

    $110 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIEDRICH GROSSHERZOG VON BADEN Rev: FÜR TREUE ARBEIT

  • Size

    35mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze and bears the inscription "GROSSHERZOG" with a double "S". It was awarded from 1908 to 1916.

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  • Price

    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Coppered Iron

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN Rev: FÜR TREUE ARBEIT

  • Size

    34mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of coppered iron and bears the inscription "GROSHERZOG" with one "S". It was awarded from 1916 to 1918.

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  • Price

    $85 USD

  • Composition

    Coppered War Material

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN Rev: FÜR TREUE ARBEIT

  • Size

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of coppered war material and bears the inscription "GROSHERZOG" with one "S". It was awarded from 1916 to 1918.

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