Military Long Service Decoration (Saxe-Altenburg), Type III, I Class Bar for 21 Years (in bronze gilt)
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The Military Long Service Decoration was originally instituted by Duke Joseph Friedrich Ernst on January 1, 1836. The Decoration was conferred upon military personnel who rendered numerous years of irreproachable service. The award consisted of a cross for Officers and a series of bars for Sergeants, Non-Commissioned Officers, Army musicians, and enlisted ranks.
When service years were calculated, war years counted for double and holiday time counted for half.
The Type III decorations feature the monogram of Duke Ernst I. The Type III awards were also conferred upon military personnel who rendered long and faithful service in a non-combat role.
As of 1869, the awards for Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks were issued for 21, 15, and 9 years of service. The I Class Bar for 21 Years was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks who rendered 21 years of irreproachable service.
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