Product Description: The Cased 50 Year Faithful Service by Deschler is a very rare item that is missing from most collections, and this one is in a very strong excellent condition. The medal itself shows virtually no wear and retains nearly all of the original silver and gold finish, with even and attractive age toning. The polished highlights on the cross still gleam, and the glossy black enamel to the central swastika is perfect. This Cased 50 Year Faithful Service by Deschler is complete with it’s original cornflower blue ribbon, which is pristine and still crisp, and complete with the pin attachment. The case shows some wear, with some small losses to the red leatherette surface at the edges and on the bottom. It’s the correct case for this award, extremely scarce, with “50” within a wreath embossed on the lid in gold leaf. The hinge and push button mechanism on the case are intact and functional, and the manufacturer marking “Deschler & Sohn München” is present on the satin inside the lid. The 50 Year Faithful Service Cross on its own is a very hard to find award, and a cased example is truly rare.
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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