Cased Four Year SS Medal

Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: Type 1

Base Material: Brass

SKU: JW3377 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This cased Four Year SS Medal is an outstanding set, that would be very difficult to upgrade. It is in incredible, near mint condition. The SS long service medal itself is a Type 1, and is struck from brass. It retains virtually all of the original dark finish, on both sides. The teardrop-shaped suspension ring and contoured eyelet ion the medal are exactly what one expects to see on an original. This attractive medal is complete with an original, folded length of correct, cornflower blue ribbon, as well as a brass pin assembly which has never been stitched to the ribbon. The ribbon is crisp, and retains bright original color. The medal, pin and ribbon rest inside a gorgeous issue case. The case is lined inside with gray flocking, which is pristine. The outside of the case is covered with a handsome black leatherette material, with perfect silver SS runes on the lid. The exterior of the case is extremely nice, with just a couple of small marks here and there, and a small, stable split at one corner of the lid. This set still looks much as it did on the day it was made. It’s a choice example of the cased four year SS medal.



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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