Boxed 10 Year NSDAP Long Service Award

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW5223 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This boxed 10 Year NSDAP Long Service Award is a great example of this scarce and desirable political award. The medal is made of zinc, and retains nearly all of the original bronze finish. There is no evident wear, and both the obverse and reverse show a range of beautiful bronze tones, with golden highlights that contrast with chocolate shades in the deeper areas. The suspension ring is intact and unmarked. The original ribbon is present, and has never been passed through the suspension ring on the cross. The ribbon is the correct brown and white type for this award, and retains strong original color, with no damage to note. This award is housed in its original box. On the exterior, the Nazi eagle on the cover has been scratched away, resulting in some damage to the surface. The red leatherette cover otherwise shows only small marks and light wear. The reverse of the box is marked with the RZM logo and the maker code “M1/34” for Karl Wurster of Markneukirchen. Inside, the cross and ribbon rest on flocked red card stock. This boxed 10 Year NSDAP Long Service Award is a nice set, in excellent condition.



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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