Three Place WW2 Medal Bar

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This three place WW2 Medal Bar is a desirable example, with all WW2 awards. The first award is a 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The core retains nearly all of the original black paint, with slight wear and patina. The frame has a deep, old, uncleaned patina. The next award is a Heer four year long service award. The medal retains some of its original finish, and the Heer eagle and swastika emblem on the ribbon is intact, with some built up patina. The last medal here is a Westwall medal and is another great, early Tombak example, with age toning. There is no doubt that these awards have always been together; all of the awards have matching patina from age, wear and handling. The ribbons, too, show matching wear, with moderate age toning as well. The reverse of this three place WW2 Medal Bar retains the original grey wool cloth backing and pin. This medal bar shows some age but remains excellent overall 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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