Product Description: A beautiful Four Place Medal Bar in near mint condition consisting of an Iron Cross Second Class in near mint condition, a Tombak War Merit Cross 2nd Class in near mint condition, an Austrian Annexation medal with a nice dark patina build up, and a Tombak Czech Annexation Medal in near mint condition. This Four Place Medal Bar is expertly mounted to a steel stiffener and covered over on the reverse with a piece of dark blue felt that is hand stitched in place. The tombak hardware is intact and functioning perfectly. A nice Four Place Medal Bar for any type of collection!
Historical Description: The German Military had a long tradition of issuing awards for achievements ranging from long service and participation in specific campaigns, to battlefield valor. Some types of awards were to be pinned on the uniform, others were medals that were suspended from ribbons. On the field uniform, only the ribbons for these medals were to be worn. But for dress uniforms used for parade and walking-out purposes, soldiers wore all of their medals in the form of medal bars that would be pinned to the uniform, on the soldier’s chest. Each medal bar was individually custom made by a tailor or a manufacturer of insignia. They were not issue items, they had to be purchased. These ranged from single mounted awards, to long racks of medals indicating a distinguished career of many years, sometimes with medals from both World Wars or even earlier awards of Imperial Germany. German medal bars were also worn on dress uniforms of civil, political, and paramilitary organizations.
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