Officers' Long Service Decoration, Cross for 25 Years (in bronze gilt, circa 1825)


SKU: 02.PRU.0128.10.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

  • Cross for 25 Years Obverse
  • Cross for 25 Years Obverse
  • Cross for 25 Years Reverse
  • Cross for 25 Years Reverse

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: FWE III Rev: XXV
  • Size
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

1825-1920 Issue. (Dienstauszeichnung für Offiziere für 25 Dienstjahre) An early example in bronze gilt cross; the obverse with a central crowned Royal Monogram of Friedrich Wilhelm III; the reverse with a central “XXV” for 25-Years of Service; on loop for suspension from a period original ribbon; measuring 36.91 mm (w) x 36.56 mm (h); weighing 15.0 grams; with contact marks and the details slightly worn off from wear; in overall good fine.


The Decoration was instituted by King Friedrich Wilhelm III on the 10th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The cross was conferred upon Officers to recognize 25 years of exemplary and loyal service within the Armed Forces.

From its institution until the start of the First World War, the Decoration was only awarded to Officers, but in 1915, the statues were extended to include senior Non-Commissioned Officers, as well as military officials.

The recipient's service during wartime counted for double the service time.

There is some variation in the appearance of the crosses, which include texture (smooth, grained), size, size of eyelet, lines along edge of cross arms, etc. These differences may result in slight price variance.


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