War Merit Cross, 1916-1918 (in bronze gilt)


SKU: 02.BAD.0106.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$85 USD

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Estimated market value:

$85 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Rev: F
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    This version is constructed of bronze gilt.

Physical Description and Item Details

An eight-pointed cross constructed of bronze gilt. There is a laurel wreath in the quadrants between the arms. The obverse centre bears a circular medallion with a crowned griffin. The reverse centre bears a circular medallion with the royal monogram of Grand Duke Friedrich II . On a loop for suspension. On a red and yellow striped ribbon.


The War Merit Cross was instituted on September 9, 1916, by Grand Duke Friedrich II. It was conferred upon individuals who demonstrated exceptional merit during the First World War by performing official or voluntary work which directly benefited the army or the welfare of the state. The cross was primarily conferred for service on the home front.

Individuals who had previously received an award for war merit were not eligible to receive the War Merit Cross.


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