SMGA-576 WW1 German 4pc Medal Bar *SOLD


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Really nice bar with some hard to find medals. The Iron cross has minimal oxidation to the iron core and some wear to the beading, but has a nice patina. The Bavarian merit medal is a deluxe award, having crossed swords for combatants and crown for special merit. Thats a pretty rare medal. Another rare medal is the saxon AFA 9 year service award. there is some wear from being bounced around the mount, but it still looks great. Finally we have your standard Hindenburg with crossed swords for combatants. A super nice bar.

Here is a note about the merit medal:

Coppered brass Maltese cross with crossed Roman swords above and swivel crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Ludwig III within a circular border in the form of a buckled belt inscribed ?MERENTI? (Latin = Merit) above, with arabesques below; the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the Bavarian crowned lion rampant within a circular border in the form of a buckled belt dated ?1866? above, with arabesques below; with original ribbon for wartime service for non-commissioned officers and enlisted men; in original fitted embossed case of issue by Gebr?der Hemmerle of Munich. The Cross had its origins as the V class of the Order of Military Merit, instituted by King Ludwig III on 19 July 1866 to reward extraordinary merit by non-commissioned officers, soldiers, and lower-ranking officials (?zur Belohnung Au?ergew?hnlicher Verdienste der Unteroffiziere, Soldaten und untere Milit?rbeamten?). In 1905 the statutes were revised, the Cross becoming Military Merit Cross with two classes, each with or without swords. In 1913 a further revision added a third, more senior class, the existing classes becoming the II and III classes, the class awarded being determined by the rank of the recipient. All three classes could be awarded with or without swords and with or without crown, swords denoting a wartime award and crown denoting a second award of the Cross or especial merit. There were also two ribbons, one for non-commissioned officers and enlisted men and another for junior non-combatant military officials. The Military Merit Cross was the Kingdom of Bavaria’s principal decoration for bravery for non-commissioned officers and enlisted men throughout World War I. It was abolished at the end of 1918.

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