Germany - Imperial: Hesse-Darmstadt: General Honour Decoration, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig issue, ‘For Bravery’, 1894-1918 issue, in silver.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
The decoration was instituted in 1843 and bore the image of the successive Grand Dukes of Hesse. It was used as an award for a number of purposes, the inscription on the reverse varying accordingly, that inscribed ‘Für Tapferkeit’ coming to be known as the Hesse Bravery Medal. This example dates from the period between the accession and abdication of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig (1894 to 1918) and was probably awarded in the early years of World War I, later examples being of ‘Kriegsmetall’ light alloy rather than silver.