Original post WW1 Austria Republic Decoration for Merit to the Republic of Austria, VII. Class (Ehrenzeichen für die Verdienste um die Republik Österreich, VII Klasse), IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, ON GENUINE TRIFOLD RIBBON, INTACT ENAMEL, A VERY FINE EXAMPLE WITH BEAUTIFUL FINISH, RARE AWARD
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Decoration for Merit to the Republic of Austria, VII. Class (Ehrenzeichen für die Verdienste um die Republik Österreich, VII Klasse), 1922-1938 issue - Gilt-edged white enamel cross potent with loop and original decorative ring with a woven effect for ribbon suspension; the face and the reverse both plain.The Order was instituted on 4 November 1922 as Austria’s premier military and civil award; it could also be awarded to non-Austrian citizens. It initially had ten grades. Later it was expanded to sixteen grades. It was replaced in 1934 by the Austrian Order of Merit (Österreichischer Verdienstorden) in 1934 and was abolished in 1938 when Austria was incorporated into Germany. The modern iteration of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria was established by the National Council in 1952. It is conferred by the Republic of Austria to honour people (from Austria and abroad) who have rendered meritorious services to the country. Recipients are selected by the government. The awards are made by the President in accordance with the respective laws. The State President of Austria automatically receives the "Grand Star of the Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria" by being elected to the office and holds this honour for life. The decoration should not be confused with other decorations in the Austrian honours system such as the "Austrian Decoration for Science and Art".