H026481 TWO PLACE LONG SERVICE MEDAL BAR. (Grosse Ordensschnalle)

BACKGROUND: The wear of Awards, Medal Bars and/or Ribbon Bars were addressed in regulations of April 28TH 1937 and followed the established directives that had been previously laid down. When an Award was instituted the introductory orders would prescribe the proper form of wear with most of the awards being permitted to be grouped together on a medal bar for wear on the walking-out dress and formal uniforms. Strict regulations listed the required order in which awards were authorized to be worn on the medal bar. On March 16TH 1936 Hitler instituted a series of four Long Service Awards, to reward military personnel for loyal service in the Wehrmacht. The awards were issued in four classes for four, twelve, eighteen and twenty-five years service respectively.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The medal bar consists of a parade mounted, fourth class award for four years service and a third class award for twelve years service. Both of the awards follow the same basic design with the fourth class award having a silver finish and an embossed numeral, "4", on the reverse and the third class award having a gilt finish with the embossed numeral, "12" on its reverse. Both of the awards are die struck, magnetic sheet metal construction and feature an embossed Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings to the centers encompassed by embossed Gothic style script, "Treue Dienste in der Wehrmacht", (Loyal Service in the Armed Forces), to the obverse. The reverse of each award has the appropriate embossed numeral encompassed by an embossed, circular oak-leaf wreath. Complete with original ribbons, eagle cyphers and backing plate. Nice clean set.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $325.00

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