Prussian Four Place Medal Bar with Bavarian Cross

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Original First World War Period Imperial German Prussian Parade Mounted Medal Bar (Ordensspange) with a Bavarian Cross. This Medal Bar features; 
• a Bavarian Merit Cross with Swords 3rd Class (Wartime added to the bar, this was likely a Prussian long service medal from the ribbon and other awards featured, very interesting indeed.)
• The Prussian 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War Medal (inscribed AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ translating to “From conquered cannon”) read below! 
• a 1898 Prussian Wilhelm Centennial Medal
• and the Prussian Landwehr Long Service Bar. 

The Bavarian Military Merit Cross (Militär-Verdienstkreuz) was that kingdom's main decoration for bravery and military merit for enlisted soldiers. It was intended "to reward extraordinary merit by non-commissioned officers, soldiers, and lower-ranking officials." It was originally established on July 19, 1866 as the 5th Class of the Military Merit Order, which was the main decoration for bravery and military merit for officers and higher-ranking officials. Civilians acting in support of the army were also made eligible for the decoration.

The War Commemorative Medal of 1870-1871 (Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–1871) is a campaign medal presented by Kaiser William I in his capacity as King of Prussia. The medal was presented to commemorate service in the Franco Prussian War. The medal was presented to members of the united German armies. The medal was presented for combat service in bronze, and non-combat service in steel. Each version bore minor differences in inscription and design. Clasps were authorized on the 25th anniversary of the German victory, to commemorate selected battles. The medal for combatants was manufactured from captured bronze cannon barrels. The obverse shows the crowned Royal cypher of William I over the inscription Dem siegreichen Heere (To the victorious army). Inscribed around the edge is Gott war mit uns, Ihm sei die Ehre(God was with us, to Him be the glory). The reverse shows a cross with rays between the four arms. In the center of the cross is a laurel wreath surrounding the dates 1870 and 1871. On the edge of the medal is inscribed AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ (From conquered cannon).

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal also known as the Centenary Medal (Kaiser Wilhelm-Erinnerungsmedaille or Zentenarmedaille) was established on March 22, 1897, by Wilhelm II on the occasion of the 100th Birthday of his grandfather, Emperor Wilhelm I.

Finally we have The Prussian Reserve and Territorial Army Service Award, II class for officers and enlisted (Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung II. Klasse fur Offizier und soldaten). 

 

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