Volunteer War Aid Cross, 1914-1916

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  • Volunteer War Aid Cross, 1914-1916 (in bronze gilt) Obverse
  • Volunteer War Aid Cross, 1914-1916 (in bronze gilt) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    December 24, 1915
  • remarks
    The price of the cross varies based on the composition.

Physical Description


A cross paty constructed of bronze gilt, bronze, or war metal gilt. The obverse bears a central circular medallion with a straight armed cross paty in the center. The 12 o'clock arm bears a crown, the 6 o'clock arm bears the shield of Baden and the 9 and 3 o'clock arms bear the dates "1914" and "1916". The reverse center bears a circular medallion with the royal monogram of Grand Duke Friedrich II. The arms are bare. On a loop for suspension on a red and yellow striped ribbon.

There are examples of the cross with an without an oak leaf wreath in the quadrants between the arms.

History


The Cross for Voluntary War Aid was originally founded in 1871 and it was renewed by Grand Duke Friedrich II on December 24, 1915. The Cross was conferred upon men and women who provided extraordinary care to the sick and wounded during the First World War.

The Cross (with oak leaves wreath) was conferred upon individuals who rendered exceptional care of the sick and wounded within a war zone. Female recipients wore the Medal on a bow ribbon. The reverse features the royal cypher of Grand Duke Friedrich.

There is no difference between the size of the crosses that were conferred upon men and women. The difference in ribbon does not affect the price of the medal.

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Versions

  • Price

    $100 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: 1914 1916 Rev: F

  • Size

    38-39mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze gilt. It does not bear an oak leaf wreath.

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  • Price

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  • Composition

    Bronze

  • Inscription

    Obv: 1914 1916 Rev: F

  • Size

    39mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze and does not bear an oak leaf wreath.

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  • Price

    $55 USD

  • Composition

    War Metal gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: 1914 1916 Rev: F

  • Size

    39mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of war metal gilt and does not bear an oak leaf wreath.

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  • Price

    $175 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: 1914 1916 Rev: F

  • Size

    40mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze gilt and bears an oak leaf wreath.

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  • Price

    $100 USD

  • Composition

    War Metal gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: 1914 1916 Rev: F

  • Size

    38-39mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of war metal gilt and bears an oak leaf wreath. This version was awarded after 1917.

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