This is a consignment item. It is the Military Service Cross 1st Class with Swords from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was created in 1866 while Bavaria, under King Ludwig II, fought with the Austrians and her allies against Prussia and her allies. It was intended for enlisted men and NCO’s. (The Military Merit Order (in four classes) was created at the same time for officers). The 1866 war was short and violent. The Austrians were soundly beaten by Prussia, et al.
The 1st Class medal is the highest class of its decoration family. Its arms are gold and its center is enamel. Overall, its condition is quite decent. It is accompanied by the correct blue, white, and black ribbon.