50 Year Faithful Service Medal

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Tombak

SKU: JW6437 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This 50 year Faithful Service Medal is a nice, representative example of this relatively rare Third Reich civil service award. The attractive medal is a high quality piece, made of a brass alloy (Tombak). The wreath is gilded, and the arms of the cross have a silver finish. Virtually all of this original finish remains intact, with light patina as well as age toning with some attractive light rainbow shades. There is no damage to the factory done glossy black enamel on the swastika. The cross is complete with its original suspension ring, which is unmarked. The ribbon is the correct cornflower blue type, and has been factory folded and affixed to the cross. The back of the ribbon has a pin back attachment that has been applied with black stitching. The overall condition of this 50 year Faithful Service Medal rates as excellent.




Historical Description: Prior to WWII, the German military and civil authorities instituted a wide range of Long Service Awards to reward personnel for years of service. These awards were used by all branches of the German military, as well as civil and political organizations such as the police, the customs service, and the National Labor Service (RAD). There was also a general Long Service Award for civil service. Each of these awards was issued in the form of a medal that was suspended from a cornflower blue ribbon. Many of these were made in different grades denoting a specific number of years of service. They were worn on the uniform in the form of ribbon or medal bars, and up to two long service awards could be worn at the same time. In most cases, a device affixed to the ribbon bar would denote for which service the award had been issued; sometimes the medals themselves had devices on the ribbons, either in the form of pinned-on metal emblems, or else hand or machine embroidery applied directly to the ribbon. Some German Long Service Awards were very widely awarded, others were made and issued only in small numbers.



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