Military Long Service Decoration, I Class Cross (for 40 Years)

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SKU: 02.BAV.0126.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$450+ USD

  • Military Long Service Decoration, I Class Cross (for 40 Years)
  • Military Long Service Decoration, I Class Cross (for 40 Years)

Estimated market value:

$450+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: XL DIENST. JAHRE
  • Size
    45mm
  • Image Licensing
    This image is attributed to "Die Ritter und. Verdienstorden, ehren-, Verdienst und Denkzeichen Sowie Dienstalters Auszeichnungen des Konigreichs Bayern." by Jacob Leser and Oskar Leser. The book was published in 1858, and falls within the public domain in Canada. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.

Physical Description and Item Details


A cross constructed of silver and enamels. The arms of the cross each end with a ball finial. The obverse bears a blue enamel shield with the inscription "XL DIENSTE JAHRE", encompassed by a green enamel wreath of oak and laurel. The reverse bears a shield with blue and white lozenges encompassed by a wreath of oak. On a loop for suspension with a light blue ribbon with white stripes.

History


The Military Long Service Decoration was established by King Ludwig II on March 3, 1865. The decoration was a service award for Generals, Officers, military staff and officials. In 1872, the Award was extended to include civil servants in the military administration. In 1907, the Award was expanded once again to include clerks in the military administration. Upon the death of the recipient, the decoration had to be returned.

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