Product Description: This cased 25 Year Police Long Service Award is a very nice example of this hard-to-find set. The award is a high-quality early medal, made of a brass alloy (Tombak). Virtually all of the original factory applied gold finish remains intact on both sides of the medal. This fire-gilt finish is bright and beautiful, with wonderful luster and eye-catching burnished highlights. There is only the slightest trace of wear. The suspension ring is intact, and there is no damage. The ribbon for this lovely medal is the correct cornflower blue type, with a Polizei emblem machine embroidered in gold-colored cotton. The ribbon has never been affixed to the cross, as this set remains just as it would have been when issued. The case for this award is complete. The exterior retains nearly all of the original surface, with slight edge wear and a light age patina. The lid of the case features the number “25” within a wreath, embossed in gold, indicating the grade of the award. Inside, the medal and ribbon are displayed on a gray insert. The white silk lining in the lid shows only slight toning. The hinge cover has split, as is common, and there is minor fraying to the edges. The push-button closure and hinge are functional. This cased 25 Year Police Long Service Award is a choice and desirable piece, 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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