Decoration for Domestic Servants and Labour, Silver Medal (for Men)
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The Decoration for Domestic Servants and Labour was founded on October 20, 1896, by Prince Carl Günther of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. The Decoration was conferred upon male domestic servant and labourers who demonstrated loyalty and merit by rendering at least 30 years of uninterrupted service with the same employer. Individuals who served in the Prince’s household were eligible to receive the medal after 25 years of irreproachable service.
Time spent in the military was not considered an interruption of service and did not disqualify an individual from receiving the award.
On May 9, 1901, Prince Karl Günther created a decoration for 50 years of loyal service. The medal was surmounted by an oak leaf that featured the number “50”. A decoration for 60 years of service was later created.
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