Military Long Service Bar, I Class (1868-1913, for 21 years)
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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 centre. With a smooth border.
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.
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