Long Service Decoration for Domestic Service, Type II, for 50 Years
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A cross bottony with decorated arms, constructed of silver. There is a small lily each in the spaces between the cross arms. The obverse centre medallion is gilded and smooth. It features the number ‘50’, surrounded by the medallion ring inscription ‘FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT’ (‘for loyalty in labour’) followed by a small five-sided star. The medallion ring features an outer pearled border. The reverse is similar, except that the medallion features a crowned doubled and mirrored monogram ‘E’ inside a double medallion ring. On a loop for suspension, on a green ribbon with broad white side stripes.
The Long Service Decoration for Domestic Service was instituted on September 16, 1886 by Duke Ernst I.
The Cross for 50 Years was first instituted in 1895. The decoration was conferred upon male and female domestic servants who had rendered at least 50 years of irreproachable and uninterrupted service with the same employer.
As of 1895, service time began to be counted after a domestic servant turned 21.
Obv: FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT 50
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