BACKGROUND: The Hanseatic League was formed in 1241 of the cities of Hamburg and Lubeck with Bremen joining in 1260. They formed a loose alliance to protect trade routes, and enjoyed free autonomous city/state status within Germany until Hitlerís rise to power in 1933. Of Note: Lubeck and Bremen issued a similar award with their respective City crests to their centerpieces.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A two piece, die struck alloy and enamel construction, slightly convexed cross with circular centerpiece. The obverse is in translucent red enamel with underlying ribs to the arms of the cross and pebbling to the centerpiece. The centerpiece also has a silvered City crest of Hamburg consisting of a fortress with two Martello towers flanking a central tower with domed top. The Martello towers have a small star above each and the central tower is topped with a cross. The silver washed reverse has the embossed gothic script to its centerpiece, "Fur Verdienst im Kriege 1914". (For Meritorious Service in War). The ribbon ring and loop are fully intact. Comes complete with a piece of original red/white/red ribbon. The cross also comes with a miniature variety of the award with original ribbon.

GRADE ****1/2                                                         PRICE $199.00 (Or Best Offer)

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