This is the 2nd Class Non Combatants version of the War Service Cross 2nd Class from Lippe-Detmold. The colors of the ribbon are reversed from the combatant’s version to differentiate the difference. This is a very fine example
This is the 2nd Class Non Combatants version of the War Service Cross 2nd Class from Lippe-Detmold. The colors of the ribbon are reversed from the combatant’s version to differentiate the difference. This is a very fine example.
This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross 1st Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) in the very rare prinzengroße size. In fact, it is the first of its type that I have ever seen in nearly fifty years of collecting. I was VERY pleased to acquire it. The literal translation of prinzengroße is “prince-sized.” In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was a common practice for nobles’ or royal officers’ sons to wear uniforms like those worn by their fathers. These young men were also permitted to wear the decorations that their fathers had earned. The most common of that era were the 1813 and 1870 Iron Crosses 1st Class. The smaller-sized decorations made sense from a proportional and visual standpoint. Full-sized decorations were not to scale.
This size continued to be popular during WW I, but on the winners’ full-sized uniforms as an affectation. Prinzengroße-sized 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class became more common, as were some flight badges. To find one from another state is a real prize. The Duchy of Braunschweig offered an equivalent to the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class: the War Service Cross 1st and 2nd Class. [It is interesting to note that Braunschweig’s 2nd Class War Service Cross is considerably smaller than the 1st Class, which is similar in size to the Iron Cross 2nd Class. So, the War Service Cross 2nd Class could be considered a prinzengroße size.
The cross we are offering today measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” It has every bit of the full-sized version’s detail: a crown, Braunschweig Herzog Ernst August’s “EA” cypher, and 1914. The cross’s reverse features a fine, sturdy pin and clasp.
The decoration is in excellent condition and would make a great addition to your collection. It also would round out a collection that already features a full-sized issued piece and the two 2nd Class variations (three if you count the difference of ribbons for non combatants) award. Of course, this is a privately-purchased example. Although it is NOT hallmarked, it probably came from a Braunschweig jeweler.
This was a civil decoration for 50 years of true and faithful service to the state. The obverse of the decoration features the ruler of Anhalt’s crowned cypher. The reverse has “Fur funfzigjahrige Diensttreue” (For Fifty Years True Service). Obviously, since this was for fifty years of service, it was not a common decoration. It has a beautiful patina and comes with a wide green and white ribbon. This decoration was given from the period of 1864 to 1918. Judging from the look of the decoration and ribbon, I would say this particular example was issued in the 19th Century.
Here are THREE Hanseatic Crosses from the Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen in the original presentation case. They were Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 4″ x 7 1/2″ x 1.” The words “Hanseaten Kreuze Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck” are embossed in gold on the outer lid. (My research does not show when these decorations were awarded). Opening the case, the three crosses are lined up from left to right: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Each is in a fitted section that accommodates the cross and its trifold ribbon. That said, only the Lübeck cross has a ribbon attached. It has a very interesting feature. Attached on the upper white silk lid above each decoration is the correct ribbon.
While the name Rothe & Neffe does NOT appear on the case’s upper lid, all its features are identical to that of the Roethe & Neffe Oldenburg Friedrich August Crosses case. It has an all-red leatherette exterior, with the exception of the black bottom. It is a very handsome set of three decorations.
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."