N008178 CASED TWENTY-FIVE YEAR FAITHFUL SERVICE DECORATION. (Treudienst Ehrenzeichen mit Kasten)

BACKGROUND: On January 30TH 1938, Hitler instituted the Faithful Service Decoration, in three classes, in recognition of long serving civil servants, and public works personnel. The decorations were intended to be an incentive for the civilian population to foster workplace loyalty and create a stable civil service. The three classes of the decoration consisted of the Special class for fifty years of continuous service with the same employer in the free economic system, the 1ST Class decoration for forty years of service and the 2ND class Decoration for twenty-five years service. All three classes followed the same basic design with minor variations.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A second class, die struck alloy decoration with nickel-silver plated highlights, a frosted white finish and a black enamel swastika. The decoration is in the form of a "cross Patté," with a circular oak-leaf wreath extending between the arms of the cross. The center of the cross has a square plate with a black enameled static swastika to the obverse, and the embossed Gothic script, "Für treue Dienste" (For Loyal Service), to the reverse. The arms of the cross have a slightly textured background field with a smooth, dual stepped, raised outer edge. Fed onto the ribbon suspension ring, which passes through the loop to the top of the award, is its original ribbed rayon cornflower blue ribbon, which has a brass pin-back device stitched to its reverse top. The award is housed in a red simulated leather cardboard case, with a "25" encompassed by a cogged wheel embossed in silver to its top. The red felt interior has a slotted retaining cross bar to its base to hold the award in place.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $100.00

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