RIBBON BAR – THREE PLACESKU: 02-328
This is a three-place ribbon bar. It is most likely for a man who served in a Württemberg Regiment. From left to right we see the ribbons for:
*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
*Military Service Medal 2nd Class. – Württemberg.
*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords.
Overall, it is a very attractive example. A small tear appears in the Württemberg ribbon.
MEDAL BAR – SIX PLACESKU: 02-239
This is a delightful, six-place medal bar. It has an unusual combination of decorations that makes it a must-have for any medal bar collection. From left to right, we see the:
*1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class – Prussia.
*Silver Medal of the St. Henry Military Medal – Saxony.
*War Effort Medal – Baden.
*Albert Cross with Swords – Saxony.
*Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants.
*Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal 1797-1897 – Prussia.
All of the decorations are in very fine condition. The ribbons are all clean and quite pleasing. The large medal bar measures 2″ wide. It is an unusual combination for a soldier who served in the military for more than twenty years during the 19th and 20th centuries
FRACK BAR – THREE PLACE – HIGHLIGHTED BY WÜRTTEMBERG KNIGHT’S CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH SWORDSSKU: 02-393
This is a three-place “Frack Bar” highlighted by the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Friedrich Order Knight’s Cross 2nd Class with Swords. It is a marvelous three-place “Frack Bar.” [Two characteristics separate a Frack bar from a medal bar. The first visually different feature is that the Frack bar is set at a slight diagonal that generally skews from left-to-right. The second is that the medals are listed in importance from the right-to-left, rather than the medal bar’s more common left-to-right ranking. Also remember that medal and Frack bars typically begin with the Iron Cross 2nd Class]. Going from right-to-left, the decorations on this “Frack Bar” are listed below.
- 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class – Prussia.
Knight’s Cross 2nd Class with Swords – Württemberg. The decoration was awarded from 1870 through 1918. It features a white enamel center displaying Friedrich’s gilt-crowned royal cypher. A pair of crossed gilt swords is attached in two places on the medal’s top. A single jump ring is then attached to the swords’ center so that a medal/Frack bar’s ribbon can be attached as needed.
Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. The award was authorized after Paul von HIndenburg’s 1930’s-era death. It came in three classes: combatant’s, non combatant’s, and next-of-kin.
The medals, the ribbons, and the bar itself are in excellent condition.
I'm Kenneth (Ken) J. Greenfield, currently of New Port Richey, Florida, located on the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I started out as a collector of Imperial German Militaria, particularly items dealing with the Imperial German Air Service in the early 1960's. After more than forty years of avid collecting, I began to sell a few items to upgrade my collection and help finance my collecting "habit." I attended militaria shows, both to buy and sell. I wanted to spend more time at home and less traveling for the national companies that I had worked for; so, starting my own business seemed like an attractive alternative. I like nothing better than talking with others about militaria, and introducing newcomers to the joys of owning a "piece of history."