Product Description: A beautiful Cased 4 Year SS Medal in Excellent condition. The medal is housed in its original cardboard case. The medal is made of a die struck Tombak which has been very nicely bronzed. The medal features the numeral “4” for eight years of faithful service in the SS. The reverse of the medal features the motto “Für Treue Dienst in der SS”, which translates to “For Loyal Service in the SS”. The medal utilizes the typical tear drop shaped ribbon suspension loop, which is still in excellent condition. The medal rates in a near mint condition. The black cardboard features embossed SS runes which have been painted white. The extremely delicate thin paper strip which was used as the hinge for the case’s cover has since torn. This is a very fine Cased 4 Year SS Medal Set which would make a fantastic addition to any collection.
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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