This is a consignment item. It is a second generation (non awarded) example of the Golden Military Service Medal from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was the highest award that could be given to a Bavarian enlisted man or NCO. The medal would have been purchased from a medal supply shop and used for mounting on a medal bar. This could have happened because the owner wanted to keep his issued piece “put away,” so as prevent it from being lost or damaged. Perhaps it was a replacement for a lost or damaged decoration. At any rate, it should NOT be confused with a presentation example.
The gilt-toned decoration is actually a gold wash over .800 silver. The obverse has a profile of Maximilian (Max) Joseph, the first King of Bavaria. The reverse features the rampant Bavarian Lion with crown, sword, and shield. An older ribbon comes with it. It is in very fine condition.