Military Merit Cross, Type V, II Class Cross (for Combat, 1870)

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SKU: 02.MSW.0105.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$200+ USD

  • II Class Cross (for Combat, 1870) Obverse
  • II Class Cross (for Combat, 1870) Obverse
  • II Class Cross (for Combat, 1870) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$200+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: FF 1870 Rev: FÜR AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE
  • Size
    40mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/mecklenburg/an-1870-mecklenburg-war-merit-cross

Physical Description and Item Details


In bronze gilt, 40mm, nice old patina, scarce and very fine.

History


The Cross was originally founded by Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II and was conferred upon military personnel, regardless of rank, for demonstrating bravery during specific military campaigns and wars.

The Type V Crosses were conferred to reward meritorious service rendered during the Franco-Prussian War.

In 1870, it was determined that the Cross could be rewarded for merit that was not strictly related to active combat.

The Combat ribbon was light blue, with purple and green stripes along each exterior edge.

The Non-Combat ribbon was red, with green and light blue stripes along each exterior edge. It is the same ribbon as the ribbon of the House Order of the Wendish Crown.

The II Class Cross (1870) was also awarded to women, and it was worn on a bow ribbon, with a red centre, and green and white stripes along each exterior edge.

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