Army 4 Year Long Service Award

Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: 4 Year

SKU: JW2637 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Army 4 Year Long Service Award is a choice and virtually flawless example. It’s a high quality piece, made of Tombak. Virtually all of the original finish is intact, with attractive original luster and only extremely minimal toning. There is no evident wear, and all of the original detail is intact. The obverse is extremely clean, and the reverse has only one very small spot of discoloration. This Heer 4 Year Long Service Award is complete with its original suspension ring, which retains a correct original cornflower blue ribbon. The ribbon is clean, with appealing color and no damage. This German Army long service award displays great, and is in near mint condition overall.



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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