Officer Long Service Cross for 40 Years

SKU: 02.BAD.0107.101.01

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  • Officer Long Service Cross for 40 Years
  • Officer Long Service Cross for 40 Years

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    1846
  • makers
    Ludwig Raupp
  • remarks
    The Cross for 40 Years is topped with a crown, whereas the Cross for 25 years is not.

Physical Description


A Maltese cross constructed of bronze gilt. The arms of the cross bear a border. The obverse center bears a circular medallion with the royal monogram of Grand Duke Leopold of Baden. The reverse center bears a circular medallion with the inscription "XL". The cross is topped with a crown suspension and a loop, on a red and yellow striped ribbon.

History


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.

In 1846, a new decoration for Officers, which consisted of a I Class for 40 Years and a II Class Cross for 25 Year was introduced. In 1854, the design of the I Class Cross and II Class Cross was altered. The new design featured waved cross arms and a gold-coloured gryphon on the obverse.

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Versions

  • Price

    $1,300 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: F Rev: XL

  • Size

    40.5mm x 66mm

  • Maker

    Ludwig Raupp

  • Version Remarks

    Contrary to the Officer Long Service Cross for 25 Years, this decoration features a crown above the upper cross arm.

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