Germany - Empire and Baden: Pair of awards comprising: Baden: Silver Medal of Merit, Friedrich II 1908-1918 issue in zinc alloy for 1916-1918; Honour Cross 1914-1918 without Swords, reverse bearing makers mark: ‘R.V.67. Pforzheim’. Mounted German court style as worn, ribbons all bearing a matching fade and wear, the mounting from the 1930’s.
Condition: evidence of wear, Good Very Fine.
The Baden Silver Medal of Merit can trace its origins as far back as 1769 when Grand Duke Karl-Friedrich instituted a large and small Silver Medal of Merit. The version showing Grand Duke Friedrich II was issued from the year after his accession in 1907 until his abdication at the end of World War I in 1918. After 1916, with increasing shortages of material, the medal was produced in zinc alloy. This example dates from the period 1908 to 1916.