Bertha Order, Merit Medal
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of silver gilt. The obverse features a laurel wreath, tied at the bottom by a ribbon, with the crowned and intertwined monogram ‘LB’ in the centre, as well as the date ‘1910’, with ‘19’ to the left of the monogram and ‘10’ to the right. The reverse is similar, except that it features the inscription ‘DEM FRAUEN VERDIENSTE’ (‘for female merit’). On a loop for suspension, on a yellow ribbon with two red side stripes on each side.
The Bertha Order was established by Prince Leopold IV to reward women who performed commendable work which benefited society and the Principality of Lippe.
Generally, the award was conferred upon young women who worked for the church and helped improve the social welfare of the less-fortunate. The order could also be conferred for numerous years of faithful service, or to recognize outstanding individual achievements.
The Merit Medal was worn on a bow ribbon.
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