Veteran pieces from the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War are much more difficult-to-find than those from WW I. The number of men who served during the earlier conflict was much smaller. To add to the exclusivity, this is a veteran’s badge for a man who had served in 1870/71, and then moved to the USA! The badge has a bar at the top that says “Souvenir.” Below that is a tricolor ribbon in Germany’s national colors (black, white, and red). The ribbon reads, “15. Sundes Kriegerfest Akron, O. August 18-23 1900.” That tells us the badge celebrates the 15th annual Akron, Ohio meeting of veterans, who began meeting in 1885. Below that, attached to the ribbon, is a circular device containing an 1870 Iron Cross. Inside the button we see the badge was manufactured by a firm in Newark, NJ. During the time period, similar badges were very popular with USA Civil War veterans. Many groups from the North and South were still having reunions. The Franco-Prussian War happened only five years after our Civil War (indeed, the Prussians had observers here during the war)! I was delighted to locate this item.
Der Rittmeister Militaria proudly holds many of the rarest to most received Imperial German and WWI badges, These badges range from Army Wound badges, Navy badges, Veterans badges, shooting prizes, commemorative badges, Red Cross pins and anniversary badges. If you do not see what you are looking for please feel free to contact us at 001.727.233.6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.