Seven Imperial Medal Bar

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This Seven Imperial Medal Bar is a wonderful set of German awards, dating from the time of the Third Reich, and spanning decades of history. The first award is a 1914 pattern Iron Cross 2nd Class, which retains nearly all of the original core paint, and has great old toning to the frame. The next award is a Prussian Red Cross Medal 3rd Class in Bronze, which has fantastic original finish and luster. After this comes a Hindenburg Cross with Swords for a WWI combatant, the first award instituted by Nazi Germany. The next award is a beautiful Austrian War Commemorative Medal with swords, instituted by Austria in 1933 for WWI combatants, and then a Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal from 19897, with loads of original finish. The final two medals are the  Hungarian WWI Combatant Commemorative Medal, and the Bulgarian WWI Combatant Commemorative Medal. All of the medals are in excellent condition, with lots of visual appeal, and each medal is complete with its correct original ribbon, all of which are quite clean, with only very minor age toning. The reverse of this seven imperial medal bar originally had a gray wool felt backing, which has been ravaged by moths leaving only traces behind. The original woven maker tag, though, is still present, and indicates this bar was assembled by the prestigious jeweler firm of Gebrüder Godet, in Berlin. This bar is rich with history and remains in excellent condition.




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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