Product Description: This Parade Mounted Heer Four Year Long Service Award is an attractive piece. The medal shows crisp detail, with a light patina, and nice toning to the intact original silvering. This medal has been neatly mounted for wear on a dress uniform, with a correct cornflower blue long service ribbon and straight-winged eagle and swastika device indicating membership in the German Army (Heer). The eagle has a light patina that matches the medal perfectly, and the blue ribbon has light, even age toning. On the reverse, this parade mounted Heer four year long service award has a nickel plated steel backing plate, with a round wire pin and integral catch. This hardware is intact and unaltered, and still functional. There is no maker mark on the medal ring. This desirable award has an impressive look, and is 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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