Order of Military Merit, III Class Cross Case of Issue

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SKU: 01.BAV.0107.108.01.C.000

  • Order of Military Merit, III Class Cross Case of Issue
  • Order of Military Merit, III Class Cross Case of Issue
  • Order of Military Merit, III Class Cross Case of Issue

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Size
    57x91mm
  • Image Licensing
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Physical Description and Item Details


Constructed of heavy cardstock, with a faux red leather (leatherette) exterior; the exterior of the lid embossed “Bayr. M.V.O.” in golden lettering; the interior of the lid lined and and embossed with the maker’s logo of Gebrüder Hemmerle of München; with a recessed medal bed and a slot for the ribbon; with a functional clasp closure and exterior metal hinge; measuring 57x91mm; extremely shallow and small flaking on the obverse in the white enamels around the two o’clock position

History


The Order was established by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and it was the kingdom’s primary decoration for Officers and high-ranking officials. In addition, civilians who acted in support of the army were also eligible to receive the award. The Order ranked below the Military Order of Max Joseph, which was the highest military honour for Officers and ennobled officers, who were not of noble birth.

In 1905 the Order underwent a revision of classes and by World War I, the order consisted of: Grand Cross, I Class Cross, II Class Cross, Officer’s Cross, III Class Cross and IV Class Cross.

The Order could be conferred with or without swords; awards with swords were generally issued during periods of war or combat.

The Grand Cross and I Class Cross were awarded with a Breast Star; the II Class Cross could be awarded with or without a Breast Star.

The III Class Cross and IV Class Cross could be awarded with or without a crown. This distinction was generally based on rank.

There was also a Military Merit Cross, which was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.

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