MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – VAULTED.
This is the 1914 Military Service Cross 1st Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is its equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is the same size (1.75” x 1.75”) as an Iron Cross 1st Class and has a gilt finish. It is set up in similar fashion to the Iron Cross, featuring a crown at the top, “FF” for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945), and the year “1914.”
The cross is vaulted, which means it was privately-purchased. Its reverse displays a swollen pin. No manufacturer’s hallmark is evident. It is in excellent condition.