Product Description: This Ten Place Imperial Medal Bar is an incredible piece of history, that was once worn by a well-decorated German WWI veteran. The awards present on this bar are as follows: Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914, a Württemberg Silver Military Merit Medal, a Navy and Marine Service Cross 1914-18 with two bars, a Battle of Verdun Commemorative Cross with Swords, an Argonne Cross with Swords, a German Legion of Honor Award, a Kyffhäuserbund veterans medal, an Eastern Front Cross, a Grenadier Regiment 119 commemorative medal, and a Hungarian 1914-18 commemorative medal. Each award is in nearly original condition, showing only very slight traces of age and wear, and each is complete with the correct ribbon, with normal age toning. The reverse of this ten place imperial medal bar has a blue wool backing and a functional pin and catch. The overall condition is excellent. This is a very impressive medal bar.
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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