Military Long Service Bar, I Class (1831-1913)
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The I Class bar varies slightly based on the date.
The I Class Bar (1831- 1868) is a rectangular bar constructed of copper gilt. The obverse is smooth and bears the inscription "L G XXV" with a Baden coat of arms in the center. With a smooth border.
The I Class Bar (1868- 1913) is a rectangular bar constructed of copper gilt. The obverse is pebbled and bears the inscription "L G XXI" with a Baden coat of arms in the center. With a smooth border.
Both are on a red ribbon with yellow stripes.
On February 18, 1831, a series of long service decorations were introduced by Grand Duke Leopold of Baden. The decorations were established to recognise long-serving members of the Baden military, including Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and enlisted ranks.
Initially, a I Class Cross for 25 Years was introduced for Officers and a series of clasps for 25, 18, and 12 years of service were introduced for Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks.
The design and denominations of the clasps were changed in 1868. The I Class Bar was for 21 years. The II Class Bar was for 15 years and the III Class Bar was for 9 years.
Obv: L G XXV
42.5mm x 14.5mm
P. Willert, Karlsruhe; Teuber, Karlsruhe
This version is for 25 years.
Obv: L G XXI
A. Werner & Söhne, Berlin; L. Raupp; P. Willert, Karlsruhe; Teuber, Karlsruhe
This version is for 21 years.
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