Military Long Service Cross in Silver for 50 Years
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The Cross was founded by Grand Duke Ludwig III and was originally conferred upon military personnel in recognition of long and meritorious service.
The Gold Cross was awarded to Officers and the Silver Cross was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers. Members of the military who filled non-combat related roles, as well as members of the Gendarmerie were eligible to receive the Cross. As of 1847, civil servants became eligible to receive the Cross, as long as they were committee members of the military court.
The Crosses awarded between the years 1833 and 1839 featured Roman numerals on the reverse, while the crosses awarded between the years 1839-1871 featured Arabic numerals on the reverse.
On October 30, 1839, a crown was added to the Gold and Silver Crosses to indicate 50 years of service.
The Gold Cross for 50 Years (with crown) was originally conferred upon Officers in recognition of 50 years of faithful service, but beginning in 1897, the Gold Cross for 50 Years (with crown) was awarded to high ranking Court Officials.
On May 5, 1897, the Military Long Service Cross was renamed the Court Officials Long Service Decoration.
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