Germany - Imperial, Prussian Empire, and Württemberg: Group of 5 awards comprising: Iron Cross 1914 2nd Class; Wurttemberg: Military Merit Medal in Silver, 1892-1918 issue, of early Great War issue in silver; Wurttemberg: Military Merit Cross with Swords; Honour Cross 1914-1918 with Swords, reverse makers marked: ’T.H.W’; Prussia: Long Service Award for Other Ranks for 15 Years Service, 2nd type issued 1913 onwards. Mounted German court style as worn, on original ribbons all bearing a matching fade, the backing cloth also period to the mounting from the 1930’s. A rare combination of awards, the Wurttemberg Military Merit Cross with Swords being scarce.
Condition: evidence of wear, Good Very Fine.
The Wurttemberg Military Merit Medal in Silver was instituted in 1818 to be awarded for military merit. Wilhelm II became king on 6th October 1891 and the new version of the medal bearing his image was introduced on 26th June 1892. It was suppressed in 1918 when, along with all other German rulers, Wilhelm was deposed at the end of World War I.
The Wurttemberg: Military Merit Cross was instituted on 2nd July 1900 and 29th January 1915 with Swords.
The recipient was a long serving soldier from Württemberg who was then thrice decorated during the First World War. This is a rare combination of awards.