Product Description: This Cased 15 year NSDAP Medal is a fantastic example of an original award, made even more desirable with the presence of the original case. The medal itself is an absolute stunner. The Tombak cross retains very nearly all of the original bright silver finish, with only a couple of really minor spots to the finish. The blue enamel is perfect and gorgeous. This cross still gleams as it did when it was new; it would be hard to find a nicer example. The suspension ring of this Cased 15 year NSDAP Medal is neatly maker marked with the numeral “2” indicating manufacture by the firm of B. H. Mayer. The case for this award shows some wear to the exterior, having protected the award inside for all these years. The light blue leatherette outer covering on this case shows some wear and losses on the edges of the lid, but still retains the original embossed gold leaf German national eagle and swastika emblem, with minor flaking to the gold. The reverse of the case is neatly ink stamped with the RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei and the maker code M1/170 for B. H. Mayer, a great detail that really ties the award and case together. Inside the case, the medal rests on a cream-colored card insert, together with its folded original ribbon, which is full length and perfect. This Cased 15 year NSDAP Medal is a desirable political award, with a lot going for it.
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 drectly 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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