Product Description: This Prussian Shooting Lanyard is an attractive Imperial award that is in outstanding condition. The braided woven cord is extremely well preserved, with typical toning to the metallic wire component and just a few tiny areas of wear. It is adorned with a beautiful emblem that depicts the Imperial crown as well as a “W” cypher within a wreath. The emblem shows beautiful gold finish with great original luster and brightly polished highlights. The emblem is affixed with prongs which are protected on the reverse with a hand sewn piece of blue wool uniform fabric. The wool surface shows some old moth grazing which is minor and does not detract from the lanyard when it is displayed. This beautiful Prussian Shooting Lanyard is complete and sound, with both loops that would enable this to be worn on a uniform. It’s a great example, in near mint condition.
Historical Description: The various European nations, states, kingdoms, and empires in existence from the second half of the 19th century through the interwar period prior to 1939 issued an extremely wide array of medals, orders, and awards of all kinds. Awards were issued for military as well as for civil service. Some awards were bestowed for acts of bravery or some other specific individual merit. At the other end of the scale, were commemorative medals that were issued en masse to whole organizations, to recognize some special event or anniversary. The issue of medals and awards increased exponentially during the first World War, and many who fought in those years went on to have long medal bars that displayed their various decorations. Issue of medals for WWI service did not cease in 1918. After the war, the authority to bestow awards seems to have become a subject of confusion in some nations, with various veteran organizations issuing unofficial commemorative medals that were not state sanctioned. When the Third Reich period began in 1933, the very first award officially instituted was a commemorative medal for WWI veterans- the so-called Hindenburg Cross.
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