This is a very rare and quite spectacular – because of it’s 7 medals! – medalbar, that can be dated to about the outbreak, or just before World War Two.
The bar consists of the following medals:
- Iron Cross second class from WWI.
- Frontkämpfer Ehrenkreuz (Hindenburgcross) with swords, indicating actual frontservice in the trenches of WWI. On the reverse maker marked with R.V. Pforzheim 29.
- Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse für 15 Jahre 1913 (Cross for 15 years Loyal service), gold color. On the reverse XV, meaning 15 years of Loyal Service.
- Treue Dienst 25 Jahre (Loyal Service) cross. Instituted in 1938, meaning the owner did in total at least 25 more years of active civilian activity, this could have been literally e.g. almost every civilian job or activity. Because of the above cross for 15 years loyal service it’s likely this 25 years cross was awarded after 1938, maybe even during World War 2.
- Austria commemorative medal of World War I with swords, indicating here again active frontservice in World War I.
- Hungary Pro Deo et Patria commemorative medal of World War I.
- Rumanian commemorative medal of World War I.
When we “read” the medalbar, it is clear that the owner has been active on the eastfront in World War one, at least in Hungary, Rumania and Austria. Here he earned too the Iron Cross and was later in the 1930’s (around 1934 probably, when the Hindenburg crosses were instituted for World War I veterans) awared the Frontkämpfer Cross with swords. The cross for Loyal service was probably awarded just before the first world war began, and after the war he continued his job and/or activities which earned him the Loyal Service for 25 years cross of nazi Germany. At this time (the Loyal Service crosses were instituted in 1938) he must have been of quite old age already, probably at least in his mid 60’s or maybe even a bit older.
Overall this is typically a “low” medalbar, as there are no high end medals, but everything just screams history and it shows very well how the average German veteran participated in WWI and actually lived his hard working life.
The bar is in very good condition and appears only light worn. Large medal bars like this are very hard to find, no doubt the owner was very proud of it!