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 and a hint of rust in some tiny areas around the swastika emblem. The frame has a deep, old, uncleaned patina. The next award is a Luftwaffe four year long service award. The medal retains most of its original finish, and the Luftwaffe eagle and swastika emblem on the ribbon is intact, with some built up patina. The last medal here is a Czech annexation medal, 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 as some small stains, holes and areas of fraying. The reverse of this three place WW2 Medal Bar retains the original steel backing plate and pin, though the catch is missing. The metalwork shows rust in some areas to the steel. Small traces of a black wool backing fabric remain. This medal bar shows its age but remains sound overall, and is in good 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, while 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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