Military Merit Medal, Type IV, Cross (1864-1918, in gold)
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The Medal was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm II and it was conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and soldiers who had rendered distinguished service within campaigns.
The foundation of the Medal was closely tied to the French Revolution and the war against Napoleon, as in both events, the role of the common soldier grew.
The Medal could be stripped from a recipient for cowardice, desertion or theft.
This decoration is identical to the General Honour Decorations awarded from 1814 to 1890, but the decorations for military merit were worn on a black ribbon with two thick white stripes and two thin black stripes along the exterior edges.
Only 16 Crosses composed of gold were awarded.
Known manufacturer`s of the Merit Cross (1916-1918) in silver gilt include:
Sy & Wagner, Berlin
Godet & Co., Berlin
Johann Wagner & Sohn, Berlin
H.J. Wilm, Berlin
A. Werner & Söhne, Berlin
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