Military Long Service Bar, Type I, III Class for 10 Years
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A rectangular pebbled clasp with a raised smooth border, constructed of iron, featuring the inscription ‘10 DIENST JAHRE’ (10 years of service). The reverse features a horizontal pinback. On a ribbon bar, the ribbon in dark red with two broad white side stripes.
The Military Long Service Bar was founded by Grand Duke Ludwig III and was conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and soldiers to denote seniority and long service.
Type I was discontinued following the formation of the German Empire in 1871. It was replaced with Type II, which was only conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers.
The Type I bars are quite rare, as they were only awarded for a short period of time.
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