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02-239 SIX PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a delightful, six-place medal bar. It has an unusual combination of decorations that makes it a must-have for any medal bar collection. From left to right, we see the:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class - Prussia.

*Silver Medal of the St. Henry Military Medal - Saxony.

*War Effort Medal - Baden.

*Albert Cross with Swords - Saxony.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal 1797-1897 - Prussia.

All of the decorations are in very fine condition. The ribbons are all clean and quite pleasing. The large medal bar measures 2" wide. It is an unusual combination for a soldier who served in the military for more than twenty years during the 19th and 20th centuries. $995.00

 

 

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02-281 SIX-PLACE MEDAL BAR - MATCHING RIBBON BARS. This is a fine pair of matching six-place medal and ribbon bars. From left to right are the following:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Crown Order Medal. This is a nifty little medal we rarely see. It is circular and measures 1" in diameter. Mounted atop the medal is a crown. The medal’s reverse features the cypher "WR" (Wilhelm Rex).

*1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class - Braunschweig.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*XII-Year Long-Service Award.

*Third Reich Long-Service Medal.

As previously mentioned, a matching ribbon bar accompanies the medal bar. The ribbons for the Hindenburg Cross and the Third Reich Long-Service Medal sport attached devices. They make a fine pair for any collection. $750.00

 

 

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02-266 FIVE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a five-place medal bar from a native Bavarian enlisted man/NCO. It is in beautiful condition. From left to right, we see the following awards:

 

*The Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Crown and Swords - Bavaria.

*The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Place.

*The Hindenburg Cross with swords for Combatants.

*The German Southwest-Africa Medal for Combatants.

*The Landwehr Long Service Medal 2nd Class - Bavaria.

It is a most interesting decoration combination. It takes a Bavarian man from service in Germany’s Southwest Africa Colony(1904-1906) to Europe’s battlefields during WW I. All the decorations and ribbons are very clean and in solid condition. $950.00

 

 

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02-290 FIVE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a five-place medal bar. From left to right are the following decorations:


*Ehrenzeichen für Verdienst im Kriege (Honor Badge for War Service). The badge comes with a crown, Saxe-Meiningen.
*Red Cross Medal 3rd Class.
*Landwehr Long Service Cross 2nd Class - Bavaria.
*Kyffhäuserbund Bund (Post WW I) Medal.
*Hanseatic Cross - Hamburg. The enamel on the obverse is in very fine condition.


All of these decorations and ribbons are in very fine condition. It is most unusual grouping of decorations. $775.00

 

 

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02-210 FIVE-PLACE MINIATURE MEDAL BAR. This is a five-place miniature medal bar. It measures 3 ½" in length. It features the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in enamel, the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants, and the War Service Decorations from Austria, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Miniature medal bars are not seen all that frequently. This example is in very fine condition. It will make a great addition for any collection. $350.00  

 

 

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02-323 XJW FIVE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a consignment item. It is a fine five-place medal bar with one very fine, very scarce decoration in particular. From left to right we see the following decorations:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class - Prussia.

*Honor Cross (Ehrenkreuz) 3rd Class with Swords. This is the medal bar’s real prize. The Grand Duchy of Oldenburg offered a full line of decorations under the House and Service Order of Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig’s banner. The order extended from Ketten (Collars), to Großkreuze, from Breast Stars, to Commander’s Crosses and Knight’s Crosses, from Honor Crosses to Golden Medals. The Honor Cross came in three classes. The 3rd Class was first instituted in 1838. Swords for the decoration were awarded from 1856 through 1918 (during wars). The decoration was never awarded in large numbers. Only 589 awards were made during the period. Few were issued during WW I, which is what makes this medal bar so unusual. The cross measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/4." The obverse features Peter Friedrich Ludwig’s cypher, an "L." The reverse displays Oldenburg’s Coat-of-Arms. A pair of crossed swords extends through the decoration’s body. The decoration appears to be either "German silver" (nickel) or silver. It is non magnetic. It is a superb example of a very scarce decoration.

*General Honor Decoration for Service during War. This decoration was awarded from 1915-1918 for service during WW I. It is the Grand Duchy of Hesse’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Fifteen-Year Long-Service Cross.

All of the decorations and ribbons are in fine condition. This is a most unusual combination, with one decoration awarded only 589 times during its entire lifetime. $1,295.00

 

 

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02-317 FOUR-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a four-place medal bar. From left to right are the

 

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Friedrich Order Knight’s Cross 1st Class with Swords - Württemberg. It is a fine example, with only a little scuffing on its enamel arms. This is a very high level award and is more frequently seen in the 2nd Class than the 1st Class. I actually thought this was a 2nd Class until corrected by a sharp eyed reader.

*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.

*Landwehr Reserve Long Service Award - Württemberg.

This is a fetching medal bar. Both the decorations and the ribbons are in fine condition. $1,295.00

 

 

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02-256 FOUR-PLACE MEDAL BAR - BAVARIAN OFFICER. This is a four-place medal bar that once belonged to a Bavarian officer. From left to right we see:

*A 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*The Military Merit Order 4th Class with Swords - Bavaria. This decoration was considered a "Knight’s Cross" level award. Consequently, it only was awarded to officers. The obverse shows heavy enamel damage on one arm. Some light chipping appears on a different arm, also on the obverse. Light chipping has affected one arm of the cross’s reverse, as well.

*The Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*The Golden Wedding Anniversary Decoration 1918 for König Ludwig III.

With the exception of the previously described damage to the Military Merit Order 4th Class with Swords, all of the decorations are in fine condition. The ribbons are also quite presentable. $795.00

 

 

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02-324 FOUR PLACE MEDAL BAR, This a most interesting medal bar with a lot of character to it. From left to right, this is what we see:

*The Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*The Southwest Africa Medal for Combatants 1904-1906

*The War Service Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants - Braunschweig. This is very intriguing, because it is on the correct Non Combatant’s ribbon, while the Southwest Africa Medal was awarded in the Combatant’s grade. As if that is were not enough, its ribbon displays a Spange for the Southwest Africa Omaheke Campaign. Why it is attached to the ribbon for the Braunschweig medal, I do not know.

*The Prussian Long Service Award 2nd Class for the Landwehr.

It is a most unusual medal bar with an extraordinary configuration of decorations. $695.00

 

 

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02-259 FOUR-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a fine four-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the following:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords - Bavaria.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Long-Service Award for Service in the Fire Department - Bavaria.

The decorations on this medal bar are all in very good condition. The ribbons show some very minor soiling. $350.00

 

 

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02-369 XWB FOUR-PLACE MEDAL BAR AND MATCHING RIBBON BAR. This is a consignment item. It is a very handsome, four-place medal bar with its matching ribbon bar. From left to right, the decorations are listed below.

A 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

A Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.

An Austrian War Combatants Medal.

A Hungarian War Combatants Medal.

The ribbon bar is identical to the medal bar in its layout. Its ribbons are in the same order as those on the medal bar. On the medal bar’s reverse, we see that it was manufactured by C. G. Ulrich in Hamburg. The medals and ribbons are all in excellent condition. $250.00

 

 

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02-236 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a three-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class

*General Honor Decoration - Hesse-Darmstadt

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

All the decorations and ribbons are in very good condition. $295.00  

 

 

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02-371 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a very fine medal bar that represents the Kingdom of Saxony. The three decorations are listed below from left to right:

Friedrich August Cross in Bronze. This is the Saxon equivalent of the Iron Cross.

Nine-Years Long-Service Award - Saxony.

Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

It is a very clean, solid medal bar. The decorations are all quite pleasing. Only very minor soiling shows on the ribbons. The medal bar’s reverse is covered in black felt. $175.00

 

 

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02-345 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a three-place medal bar that spans a German soldier’s service in two wars. I do not often acquire pieces with Third Reich backgrounds. This was one of the unusual times that I agreed to purchase such an item. Much of the appeal is the medal bar’s condition. From left to right, we see the following:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
*Wiederholungsspangen zur 2. Klasse 1939-1945. This decoration is a repeat award of the Iron Cross 2nd Class. [I do not actually understand why they used this decoration as some soldiers were awarded the 1914 EK 2 and then added a 1939 EK 2 spange].
*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

Again, this medal bar and its decorations are in mint condition. $175.00

 

 

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02-353 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a well conditioned three-place medal bar. From left to right we see the following:

*The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*The Hanseatic Cross - Hamburg.

*The Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.

The medals and ribbons are all in excellent condition. $225.00

 

 

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02-351 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a fine three-place medal bar. It was manufactured by Hamburg’s C. G. Ulrich. From left to right, we see the following:

* 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Austrian War Service Medal.

The three medals and their ribbons are in excellent condition. $225.00

 

 

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02-226 THREE-PLACE FRACK BAR. This is a three-place Frack Bar. From left to right, it features the following decorations:

 

Nine-Year Long-Service Award for NCO’s/Enlisted Men Saxony.

  1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class
 

  Military Heinrich Medal in Silver - Saxony. (This is one of the lower classes of the Military Heinrich Order, which includes Breast Stars, Knight’Crosses, etc. It is NOT an easy decoration to find. It is made of SILVER).

The medals and ribbons are in very good condition. When you look at the Frack Bar, you will see exposed metal on the frame. This occurred as the bar was produced. When one wore the bar with a suit coat, it was pushed under the lapel and was not visible. $550.00  

 

 

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02-393 THREE-PLACE FRACK BAR HIGHLIGHTED BY WÜRTTEMBERG KNIGHT’S CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH SWORDS.  This is a three-place “Frack Bar” highlighted by the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Friedrich Order Knight’s Cross 2nd  Class with Swords.  It is a marvelous three-place “Frack Bar.” [Two characteristics separate a Frack bar from a medal bar. The first visually different feature is that the Frack bar is set at a slight diagonal that generally skews from left-to-right. The second is that the medals are listed in importance from the right-to-left, rather than the medal bar’s more common left-to-right ranking.  Also remember that medal and Frack bars typically begin with the Iron Cross 2nd Class].  Going from right-to-left, the decorations on this “Frack Bar” are listed below.

* 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class - Prussia.

* Knight’s Cross 2nd Class with Swords - Württemberg. The decoration was awarded from 1870 through 1918. It features a white enamel center displaying Friedrich’s gilt-crowned royal cypher.  A pair of crossed gilt swords is attached in two places on the medal’s top.  A single jump ring is then attached to the swords’ center so that a medal/Frack bar’s ribbon can be attached as needed.

* Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. The award was authorized after Paul von HIndenburg’s 1930's-era death. It came in three classes: combatant’s, non combatant’s, and next-of-kin.

The medals, the ribbons, and the bar itself are in excellent condition. $850.00

 

 

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02-277 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a very handsome medal bar with three places. It has an interesting combination of decorations. They are, from left to right:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Hanseatic Cross - Hamburg. The decoration has light surface chipping on both the 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock arms.

*Landwehr Long Service Medal 2nd Class.

With the exception of the previously-noted chipping on the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross, the other decorations and ribbons are in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

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02-236 THREE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a three-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class

*General Honor Decoration - Hesse-Darmstadt

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

All the decorations and ribbons are in very good condition. $295.00  

 

 

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02-387 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR: ORDER OF RED EAGLE 4th CLASS AND CROWN ORDER 4th CLASS WITH FIFTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE BUTTON - PRUSSIA. This is a most unusual medal bar combination of the two medals listed below.

*Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class - Prussia. The Red Eagle’s hand-painted center is in flawless condition. The decoration is not hallmarked for a maker.

*Crown Order 4th Class with the Fifty Years Long-Service Button-Prussia. The decoration is in first-class condition. Its blue/gold enameled center is flawless. The fifty-year button is mounted on the decoration’s jump ring. The six o’clock arm’s edge reveals a "W" hallmark for one of the House of Hohenzollern’s premiere house jewelers.

It is a superb medal bar. Both the medals and their ribbons are crisp and clean. The bar was probably awarded to a civilian, who was most-likely in his seventies when he wore it. $995.00

 

 

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02-298 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a very unusual combination for a medal bar. It has two places. From left to right we see the following:

*Red Eagle Order 4th Class. This is the final pattern of the Red Eagle, which was offered from 1879-1918. The pattern is easily identified by its pebbled arms. The 4th Class, while the same size as the 3rd Class, has silver arms. The 3rd Class Red Eagle is the first class to exhibit enameled arms. The enamel center is in excellent condition with no visible cracks. 4th Class Red Eagle’s hallmarks typically appear on the 6 o’clock arm’s edge. The example does not exhibit a manufacturer’s hallmark. The cross is clearly made of silver.

*War Service Cross.

The 4th Class Red Eagle was very often awarded to civilians from the middle or upper classes. This is a fine medal bar. $495.00

 

 

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02-367 TWO PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place medal bar with an interesting combination. The decorations are listed below from left to right.

*1914 Friedrich August Cross from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. This is the Oldenburg equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is for combatants. The decoration and ribbon are in very fine condition.

*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. The decoration was awarded to combatants for service during the Great War. The medal and decoration are in very fine condition.

It is a fine decoration group that is not often seen in this combination. It is in top condition, overall. $150.00

 

 

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02-385 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a most unusual two place medal bar. What makes it so interesting is the presence of TWO Non Combatant’s medals on it. From left to right, its medals are listed below.

War Service Cross (Non Combatants) 2nd Class - Braunschweig.

Hindenburg Cross for Non Combatants.

The decorations and ribbons are quite good. Only a hint of soiling shows on the ribbons. $195.00

 

 

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02-386 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place medal bar. Its medals are listed from left to right below.

Kaiser Wilhelm Centennial Medal. The medal was created in 1897 by Kaiser Wilhelm II to honor his grandfather’s (Kaiser Wilhelm I) 100th anniversary of his birth (1797-1897). Germany’s first kaiser lived from 1797 until 1888.

War Merit Medal. The medal was created during WW I, and awarded to civilians who served Germany on the home front.

Both the medals and their ribbons are in very fine condition. $125.00

 

 

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02-364 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR FROM CHINESE BOXER REBELLION’S NON COMBATANT. I was quite pleased to acquire this small medal bar. Generally, finding a two-place medal bar is not a great cause for excitement. This medal bar, however, is quite different because it represents a man who served in China during the Boxer Rebellion! The bar measures 1 3/8" x 3 3/8." From left to right, the following medals appear on the medal bar.

*Non Combatant’s Medal for the Boxer Rebellion. The silver-toned decoration is in fine condition.

*Kaiser Wilhelm Centennial Medal.

Both the medals and the correct ribbons are in top condition. $295.00

 

 

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02-322 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a very interesting two-place medal bar from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It has an unusual decoration combination, one of which requires a special interest and appreciation. From left to right we see these medals:

*Long Service Award 2nd Class - Twelve Years Service. Three levels exist for enlisted men and NCO’s Long Service Awards. The 1st Class is for fifteen years and is cross-shaped. The circular 2nd Class is for twelve years and is gilt. The 3rd Class is also circular and silver-toned. Each one has the Saxon Coat-of-Arms on the obverse. On the reverse, each sports its numbers of years in Roman numerals. This medal is indeed gold-toned and displays "XII" on the reverse. The green ribbon is for Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

*Silver Herzog Carl Eduard Service Medal. The silver medal from this Duchy was the 2nd Class award as there was a Gold level of this award. It was awarded both before and during WW I. During WW I it was awarded with swords and/or clasps for the various years of WW I. The magenta and green ribbon again indicates Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

It is a fine medal bar. The unusual part about it is the Twelve-Year Long Service award. While not always the case, the twelve-year award usually was for police officers and officials, not for the military. The military award was typically for either nine or fifteen years. It is possible that this award was awarded to a military NCO. It is just another detail for appreciative speculation. Both medals and their ribbons are in very fine condition. The horizontal pin is in place. $595.00

 

 

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02-346 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is two-place medal bar featuring the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class. It measures 3" x 3." The decorations and ribbons are all in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

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02-279 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the:

 

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Carl Eduard Silver Service Medal - Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

The decorations and ribbons are all in fine condition. This is a most unusual combination, as the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Medal is rarely seen. $295.00

 

 

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02-247 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR - SOUTHWEST AFRICA NON COMBATANTS MEDAL AND KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL. This is a two-place medal bar. It features, from left to right, the:

*Southwest Africa Non Combatants Medal.

*Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal.

it is always difficult to find medal bars which have decorations from Germany's colonies. Whether the medal contains a medal from China or Africa they are VERY difficult to find. Both the medals and the ribbons are in a very pleasing condition. It is a good solid pair. $310.00

 

 

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02-306 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a very interesting and unusual two-place medal bar. On the left is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class on the Combatant’s ribbon. On the right is the 1914 Military War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. What is so interesting is that the Braunschweig Cross is on a NON COMBATANT’S ribbon. Both the decorations and the ribbons are in very fine condition. The catch is in place, but no pin appears on the reverse. $250.00

 

 

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02-257 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place medal bar in good condition. From left to right, it reveals the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the War Service Cross 2nd Class from Braunschweig. The medals are in excellent condition. The ribbons are also in fine condition, revealing only minor soiling. $195.00

 

 

 

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02-325 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place medal bar. On the left is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The obverse has some light surface rust. To the right is a Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. Both decorations are suspended from correct ribbons that are parade-wrapped and show very light wear. $135.00

 

 

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02-293 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a two-place meal bar. On the left is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and on the right is the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. The medals are in very fine condition. A bit of fading shows on this example’s ribbons. $135.00

 

 

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02-299 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a splendid, two-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the following:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.

Both the decorations and ribbons are in excellent condition. $150.00

 

 

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02-261 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR - HEINRICH THE LION SERVICE ORDER 2nd CLASS. This is a one-place medal bar for the Heinrich the Lion Service Order 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. This order is a silver cross measuring 1 ½" x 1 1/18." The motto of Braunschweig appears on the four arms. A crowned "W" is in the center. The cross’s reverse is plain. It does bear .900 silver hallmarking, along with a crown and a half moon. It also displays hallmarking for the firm of Hermann Jürgens, the House Jeweler to Braunschweig’s royal family. It was located in the capital city of Braunschweig. The decoration was civil in nature. It appears on a red and yellow ribbon. The backing of the medal bar is red felt. A sturdy pin is present. $495.00JS

 

 

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02-394 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS ONCE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class setup as a one-place medal bar.  The near-mint 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is set up on a court-wrapped ribbon mounted on a medal bar. The obverse’s and reverse’s paint is 100%.  No manufacturer’s hallmark is displayed on the Iron Cross. $150.00

 

 

 

 

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02-395 ONE-PLACE 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS MEDAL BAR. This is a one-place medal bar in the form of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.  A 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is attached to that decoration’s field-wrapped ribbon. The Iron Cross, the ribbon and the backing all are in very fine condition.$150.00

 

 

 

 

 

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02-338 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a one-place medal bar. It is set up for the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the medal in 1897 to commemorate the centennial of his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The decoration is gilt-toned and measures 1 ½" in diameter. The obverse displays a high-relief profile of Kaiser Wilhelm I. The reverse is elaborate and has further information about Germany’s first Kaiser. The decoration is set up on a yellow ribbon as a medal bar. $65.00

 

 

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02-366 XDG 1870-1871 WAR MEDAL NON COMBATANTS ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a consignment item. It is a one-place medal bar for an 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War Non Combatant. As it is for a non combatant, the decoration is made of steel (and is magnetic, rather than bronze for a combatant. It is in well-above-average condition. The ribbon shows honest age and wear for a one-hundred-forty year-old piece of cloth. $95.00 
 

 

 

 

 

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02-347 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a one-place medal bar for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War Combatants Medal. It measures 1 ½" x 2." It is important to note that our example is an issued piece. As such, it was made from the bronze of captured and melted-down French cannons. An etching on the medal’s edge confirms the fact. It is a very tidy presentation whose original ribbon shows age and soiling. $115.00

 

 

 

 

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02-376 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that is set up as a one-place medal bar. The decoration is in very fine condition. The ribbon is also in top condition. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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02-289 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR. This is a one-place medal bar that features the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is very unusual to see an Iron Cross set up like this. $125.00

 

 

 

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02-388 ONE-PLACE KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL BAR. This is a one-place Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial medal bar. Along with Frederick the Great and Friedrich Wilhelm III, Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) was a highly successful Prussian King. Prussia grew to be Germany’s dominant state while he was king (with Otto von Bismarck’s direction as his "Iron Chancellor"). Germany eventually was unified under Prussia’s direction, beating Austrian and French armies in short order. He completed his rise to power in 1871 at Versailles, where he was crowned Germany’s Emperor. His reign continued until his death in 1888. He was replaced by his son, former Kronprinz Friedrich III, who lived for only ninety-nine days before dying of throat cancer. Wilhelm I’s grandson, Wilhelm II, then ascended to the throne and ruled until the German Empire’s end in 1918.
In 1897, Wilhelm II authorized this centennial medal in honor of his grandfather’s 100th birthday. The bronze decoration is mounted as a one-place medal bar. The medal displays a deep patina. Its ribbon is soiled.
$55.00 

 

 

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02-262 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR - HINDENBURG CROSS FOR COMBATANTS. This is a one-place medal bar for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. Both the ribbon and the decoration are in very fine condition. No pin appears on the reverse. From what I can see, it never had one. $40.00

 

 

 

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Ribbon Bars

 

02-185 SEVEN-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is an officer’s-level seven-place ribbon bar. Included in the ribbons are the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants, Kriegshilfekreuz, Red Eagle Order, Crown Order, Officer’s Long Service Award, Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal, and a medal from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. This was most likely a ribbon bar for a doctor. Seldom do we see the Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Non Combatants ribbon. $375.00 

 

 

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02-390 SEVEN-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a topnotch seven-place ribbon bar featuring ribbons for assorted WW I and post war decorations. The ribbon bar, which measures 4 1/8" x 3/4," displays a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class’s ribbon, along with six other WW I and post WW I ribbons. It is in very fine condition. $95.00

 

 

 

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02-336 SIX-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a large-format, six-place ribbon bar, measuring 6" x 1 5/8." It is an unusual combination for an officer, as many of the decorations represented by the ribbons are Knight’s-Cross-level awards. Another interesting thing is that the awards are all pre WW I. From left to right, we see the following ribbons.

War Aid - Baden.

Zähringer Lion (1st or 2nd Class) - Baden.

Order of the Red Eagle (3rd or 4th Class) - Prussia.

Crown Order (3rd or 4th Class) - Prussia.

Long Service Medal (Twenty or Twenty-Five Years) - Prussia.

Order of the Iron Crown - Austria.

On the reverse of the ribbon bar are red felt backing and a complete pin with the clasp. The ribbon bar is in impeccable condition. It would look superb on a tunic or in your collection. $250.00

 

 

 

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02-294 FIVE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a five-place ribbon bar. From left to right we see the ribbons for the following decorations:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class - Non Combatants.
*Silver Military Service Medal - Württemberg.
*Hindenburg Cross for Non Combatants.
*Long Service Award.
*Long Service Award.


The ribbons are parade-wrapped. It is an interesting combination. $125.00

 

 

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02-337 FOUR-PLACE OFFICER’S RIBBON BAR. This is a large four-place ribbon bar that was worn on an officer’s tunic. From left to right we see the following:*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.*Albert Order with Swords - Saxony.*House Order of the Wendischen Krone or the Greifin Order - Mecklenburg-Schwerin.*Military Service Order 2nd Class - Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The ribbon bar measures 4" x 1/4." Some fraying and wear shows on the Iron Cross’s ribbon, as well as some soiling on the Mecklenburg-Schwerin ribbons. A fine pin appears on the reverse, along with red felt backing. As this is an officer’s ribbon bar, it can be added to a tunic’s sewn-in loops, or simply displayed with other ribbon/medal bars. $75.00

 

 

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02-377 FOUR-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a four-place ribbon bar. From left to right, the medals represented by the ribbons are listed below.

*The Merit Cross for War-Time Aide.

*The War Service Cross 2nd Class - Braunschweig.

*The Hindenburg Cross for Non Combatants.

*The Fifteen-Years Long-Service Award.

The ribbons on the bar are very clean and in top condition. $50.00

 

 

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02-282 FOUR-PLACE LARGE RIBBON/MEDAL BAR. This is a large-format, four-place medal/ribbon bar. It measures 5 1/4" x 1 1/2." Hooks on the reverse allow one to hang the decorations, or it can be used as a ribbon bar without the medals. [PLEASE NOTE. The decorations are NOT included with this bar]. From left to right are the ribbons for the:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Prussian Long-Service Award.

*Prussian Life Saving Medal.

*Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal.

The ribbons are exceptionally clean. $150.00

 

 

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02-190 FOUR-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a four-place ribbon bar. From left to right are the following:

1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class

  Friedrich August Medal - Saxony

  Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants

  Regimental Long Service Ribbon.

It is a fine ribbon bar, reasonably priced. $60.00

 

 

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02-320 FOUR-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a four-place ribbon bar. From left to right we see the:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Military Service Cross 2nd Class for Combatants - Braunschweig. The ribbon has some staining on it. It could be rust or even blood.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal.

The ribbon bar’s reverse shows that the pin and catch are intact. $50.00

 

 

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02-365 OFFICER’S THREE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is an officer’s-level ribbon bar with three places on it. The bar measures 3/4" x 1 3/4." From left to right, the following medals appear on the bar.

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.

*Saxe-Ernestine Knight’s Cross 1st or 2nd Class with Swords. This was awarded by one of the smaller Saxon Duchies. The ribbon is magenta, with two narrow green stripes. A pair of crossed gilt swords is attached to it.

This is a rather unusual combination. It is definitely an officer’s-level, as the Knight’s Cross was an officers-only decoration. The ribbon bar is in excellent condition. $65.00

 

 

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02-328 THREE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a three-place ribbon bar. It is most likely for a man who served in a Württemberg Regiment. From left to right we see the ribbons for:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Military Service Medal 2nd Class. - Württemberg.

*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.

Overall, it is a very attractive example. A small tear appears in the Württemberg ribbon. $30.00

 

 

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02-360 THREE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a three-place ribbon bar. From left to right we see the following ribbons:*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.*Military Service Cross with Swords - Bavaria.*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. The ribbon bar has a gray felt backing and a sturdy pin. It is in very fine condition. $45.00

 

 

 

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02-312 THREE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a three-place ribbon bar. It measures 3" x 3/4." From left to right, we see:

*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.

*Hindenburg Cross with Crossed Swords for Combatants.

The ribbon bar has some slight staining on the ribbons. $150.00

 

 

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02-222 THREE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This ribbon bar accompanied the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, Saxon Friedrich August Medal, and the Hindenburg Cross for Combatant’s with Swords. $45.00  

 

 

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02-372 TWO-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is an extremely fine two-place ribbon bar. It most likely was worn by a native son of the Grand Duchy of Baden. In the first place to the left we see a ribbon and crossed swords for the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Order of the Zähringer Lion in 1st or 2nd Class. It was an officers-only level decoration. The actual decoration is one of the Imperial German Period’s most handsome decorations. The ribbon is yellow and green, with gilt, crossed swords on it. The ribbon on the right side is for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
The ribbon bar measures 2" x 2 ½". It has a dark-blue felt backing. It shows a moth nip or two, which indicates honest age. The condition of the obverse’s ribbons is excellent. $50.00

 

 

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02-273 TWO-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is an oversized two-place ribbon bar. It measures 3" x 1 10/16." The ribbons displayed are for the Southwest African Campaign Medal and the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. It comes complete with a red backing and a pin with which to attach it to a garment. $95.00

 

 

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02-382 FOUR-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a four-place ribbon bar. From left to right, the medals represented by the ribbons are listed below:

*The Bavarian Military Merit Cross, (most likely for the 3rd Class award level).

*The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

*The Baden Service Medal.

*The Bavarian Long Service Award for an Enlisted Man/NCO.

These ribbons are in very fine condition, overall. $50.00

 

 

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02-332 TWO-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a ribbon bar that represents the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and Schaumburg-Lippe’s ribbon for Long Service. The ribbon measures 1/2" x 2." No pin appears on the reverse. The ribbons are in fine condition. $15.00

 

 

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02-213 TWO-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a two-place ribbon bar. It is an oversized example. It represents the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the Hungary War Service decoration. $25.00

 

 

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02-170 TWO-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a unusual ribbon bar that is set-up for the Hindenburg Cross, with the Landwehr Long Service Award superimposed over it. It makes a fine presentation. $75.00   

 

 

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22-65 RIBBON BAR - KAMERUN 1900 SPANGE. This is an interesting one-place ribbon bar. It features the ribbon for the Southwest African Campaign Medal. Mounted on the ribbon is a spange (bar) that reads "Kamerun 1900." Campaign bars were used beginning with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. They showed the battles or campaigns in which a man participated. The practice was also used for service in the German colonies of Africa and China. This ribbon bar was worn on the tunic’s left breast. A pin on the reverse secures the ribbon bar to the wearer’s clothing. Bars from the various German colonial campaigns can be very difficult-to-find. Perhaps one of the rarest is the bar for "Peking" from the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. I have had a single bar offered to me for more than $1,000.00! This example is in very fine condition. $275.00

 

 

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02-304 ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a one-place ribbon bar for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. $10.00

 

 

 

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02-357 ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a one-place ribbon bar for the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. The ribbon bar measures 5/8" x 1 1/4." A combatant’s crossed swords are superimposed over the ribbon, indicating its combat status. The ribbon is in poor condition. $5.00 

 

 

 

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02-278 ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR - BOW - KÖNIG LUDWIG CROSS. This is a piece of ribbon for the König Ludwig Cross of Bavaria, which has been fashioned into a bow. The bow measures 3 1/4" x 1 1/2." It is blue and white. A safety pin is attached to the reverse. Clearly, this was worn by a woman. $15.00

 

 

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02-258 UNIDENTIFIED ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This has been identified by a helpful reader as a fifteen year long service ribbon for the now defunct East German army. Thank you to HG for his help on this.   On either end is a narrow black and red band. The center displays three yellow bands and two light-blue bands. $10.00

 

 

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02-389 SOLO BOW-TIE RIBBON POSSIBLY FOR HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS. This red and white bow’s colors are similar to the Free State of Hamburg’s Hanseatic Cross. If our readers have other ideas about its purpose, we are certainly open to them. $15.00 

 

 

 

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