Merit Cross, Military Division, Silver Cross (with swords 1915-1918)


SKU: 02.WUT.0101.201.01.001

Estimated market value:

$200+ USD

  •  Military Division, Silver Cross (with swords 1915-1918)
  •  Military Division, Silver Cross (with swords 1915-1918)
  •  Military Division, Silver Cross (with swords 1915-1918)

Estimated market value:

$200+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Eduard Foehr, Stuttgart; Wurttemberg Royal Mint, Stuttgart
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: W Rev: VERDIENST
  • Size
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

(Verdienstkreuz mit Schwertern). Issued 1915-1918. Constructed of silver, with silver gilt crossed swords between the arms of the cross; the obverse inscribed with the crowned royal monogram of William; the reverse inscribed “VERDIENST” (German - Merit); on a double loop for suspension from its period original ribbon; measuring 31.52 mm (w) x 36.15 mm (h); weighing 9.6 grams; in better than very fine condition.


The Merit Cross (Verdienstkreuz) was instituted on July 2, 1900, by King Wilhelm II of Württemberg. It was awarded to recognise a wide range of meritorious services and achievements.

As of January 29, 1915, crossed sword could be to the cross to recognise military merit in wartime. The decorations with crossed swords were generally awarded to military personnel, such as senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Sergeant Lieutenants, who had already been awarded the Iron Cross.

The crosses were manufactured by Eduard Foehr in Stuttgart from 1900-1915, and by the Wurttemberg Royal Mint in Stuttgart from 1915-1918.

The Cross ranked between the Merit Medal of the Order of the Württemberg Crown and the II Class Knight’s Cross of the Friedrich Order. Until the establishment of the Wilhelmkreuz in 1915, the Merit Cross was the highest ranking decoration for honour in Württemberg.

The Merit Cross was awarded a total of 2284 times.


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