Two Place Imperial Medal Bar

Condition: Excellent+

Maker: E. Rosenthal & Sohn

Pattern: 2nd Class

Base Material: Iron

SKU: JW6095 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Two Place Imperial Medal Bar is an impressive-looking set of awards for service in World War One. The first award is a very nice 1914 pattern Iron Cross Second Class. It has a core made out of a subtly textured iron that retains virtually all of the original, slightly glossy black painted finish. The frame of this cross has attractive age toning to the flanges, wgich contrasts nicely with the mellow gleam of the beading. This cross is marked on the suspension ring with the letter “R,” indicating manufacture by the firm of E. Rosenthal & Sohn. The second medal is a Hindenburg Cross with Swords. This medal has crisp detail and full original finish, with appealing, light bronze color. It’s maker marked on the reverse with “PS” inside a circle. All of the medals are affixed to their correct original ribbons, which are double furled, in the Bavarian style. The ribons show expected slight age toning and fading, and the Hindenburg Cross ribbon has a nice, large swords device. The reverse of this Two Place Imperial Medal Bar has its original felt backing, which is hand sewn in place. The round brass wire pin and catch are intact and functional. This medal bar has a great look, and is in excellent plus 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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