Long Service Cross in Gold for 50 Years (1840)
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A Bath cross constructed of gold. The obverse bears a central circular medallion with the image of a crowned eagle. The arms of the cross are inscribed with " L JAHRE TREUE DIENSTE". The reverse center bears a circular medallion with the date "1840", encompassed by a wreath of laurel. The cross is topped with a crown and is on a loop for suspension, on a red ribbon with white stripes.
The Long Service Cross was instituted by the Senate of the Free City of Frankfurt on December 15, 1840. The cross was conferred upon army personnel who had rendered long and meritorious service between the years 1840 and 1866. Time in war and years spent wounded counted for double. The Type II Crosses were instituted on July 6, 1841. The Gold Cross for 50 Years was conferred upon Officers.
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