An absolutely beautiful and rare WWI German medal bar here. The medals featured on this bar are as follows (from left to right.):

 

1914 Iron Cross, 2nd Class

Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, Friedrich August Cross, 2nd class

Kingdom of Bavaria, Prinzregent Luitpold-Medaille

Hungarian WWI Commemorative Medal "Pro Deo et Patria"

Bulgarian Medal for Participation in the European War 1915–1918

 

This medal bar is in excellent condition, showing only light wear on the reverse side. Original awards and ribbons are present and without any major damage or discoloration. Working pin and catch on the reverse. No maker marks found on bar/medals. An excellent original WWI veteran's bar in an uncommon configuration.

 

1. The Iron Cross (German: Eisernes Kreuz, abbreviated EK) was a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1871–1918) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). King Frederick William III of Prussia established it on 17 March 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars (EK 1813). The recommissioned Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War (EK 1870), World War I (EK 1914), and World War II (EK 1939).

 

2. The Friedrich-August-Kreuz was instituted on September 24, 1914 by the Grand Duke of Oldenburg Friedrich August (Großherzog Friedrich August von Oldenburg, 16.11.1852 – 24.02.1931) in two classes. It was awarded to military personnel and civilians regardless of rank and gender for combat merits and outstanding service at the home front during the Great War. Subjects of other German states were eligible for a decoration as well. Friedrich-August-Kreuz was essentially Oldenburg’s equivalent of the Prussian Iron Cross. At the early stage of the war, one should have been a holder of the Prussian Iron Cross, 2nd class to become a recipient of the Friedrich August Cross, 2nd class. Closer to the end of the WWI that rule was no longer observed.

 

3. The Prinzregent Luitpold-Medaille was instituted on June 30th, 1905 by Prince Regent Luitpold. It was awarded for merits to the Kingdom of Bavaria and the Royal House.

 

4. The Hungarian War Commemorative Medal was instituted in 1929. There were two classes of this medal. The one shown here is the combatant’s version “with swords and helmet.” The combatant’s version was awarded to all active military, regardless of where they served, as well as veterans of Hungary’s allies. The non-combatants version was the same, but without the swords behind the shield or the helmet on the back. Those medals were awarded to next-of-kin and civilian officials.

 

5. The Bulgarian European War Commemorative Medal was instituted in 1933, and was available to all WWI veterans including military personnel, non-combatants like medical personnel and civilian officials and next-of-kin. Allied veterans were eligible. The ribbon on this example indicates it was awarded to a combatant. Non-combatant ribbons were the same except a white stripe down the middle. Next-of-kin medal ribbons had a black mourning stripe in the center

WWI German 5 Position Medal Bar (EK2, Friedrich August Cross)

SKU: GER0083
$325.00Price