Germany - Imperial German Empire, and Baden: Group of 6 awards comprising: Iron Cross 1914 2nd Class; Baden: Silver Medal of Merit, Grand Duke Friedrich II issue for 1908-1916; Hohenzollern: Dynastic Houseorder of Hohenzollern Silver Medal of Merit with Swords, 2nd type; Saxe-Meiningen: Honour Medal for Merit in War 1914-1918, bronze example issued 1915-1916, on Combatant’s ribbon; Honour Cross 1914-1918 with Swords, reverse bearing makers marks ‘39 R.V. Pforzheim’; Baden: Military Long Service Medal, 1st Class for 15 Years. Mounted German court style as worn, on original ribbons all bearing a matching colour fade, zinc backing plate, the mounting from the late 1930’s. An extremely rare combination of awards.
Condition: slight contact 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.
The Saxe-Meiningen Honour Cross and Medal for Merit in War were instituted by Duke Bernhard on 7th March 1915 to be awarded for outstanding merit displayed in war. The Cross was awarded to officers, the medal to non-commisioned officers and other ranks. In all, just over 24,000 medals were awarded, the population of Saxe-Meiningen being less than 300,000 at the time.