This is a consignment item. It is the combatant’s version of the War Service Medal that was awarded for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. [The latter provided the final piece in Imperial Germany’s unification puzzle]. Four years after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a militarily united Germany went to war with France. All its Kingdoms, Grand Duchies, Duchies, Principalities, and free States fought under Prussia’s command. When the war ended in 1871, Germany finally became politically united under its first Kaiser, Wilhelm I.
As had been the case during its Napoleonic War involvement, Prussia melted down the captured French cannons into medals, then issued them to the war’s active combatants. As is the case with all similar medals, its authenticity is confirmed by the same information engraved on its edge.
A replacement ribbon is attached to the original medal.