✚10463✚ German post WW1 Bavarian Fire Service Decoration for 25 Years medal

£64.99

Original German Bavarian Fire Service Decoration for 25 years’ service (Bayern Feuerwehr-Ehrenzeichen nach 25jähriger Dienstleistung) / 1884-1918 VERSION, IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, GENUINE RIBBON, PERFECTLY WORKING PIN DEVICE, MAKER MARKED: "QUELLHORST" (Eduard Quellhorst - München), A FINE EXAMPLE - THE AWARD IS NOT OFTEN SEEN

HISTORY OF THE AWARD:

Bavarian Fire Service Decoration for 25 years’ service (Bayern Feuerwehr-Ehrenzeichen nach 25jähriger Dienstleistung), 1884-1918 issue, by Quellhorst of Munich - Gilt bronze badge in buckle (Schnalle) form; the face with a vertically hatched ground with the crowned arms of Bavaria centrally with a fireman’s helmet and crossed axes and ladders below, imposed on a horizontal plaque inscribed ‘XXV jähr. Dienstzeit’; the reverse plain with maker’s mark ‘QUELLHORST’. The Decoration was instituted by King Ludwig II on 24 June 1884 ‘Für diejenigen Mitglieder einer freiwilligen Feuerwehr, welche durch fünfundzwanzigjährigen treuen und eifrigen Dienst sich ausgezeichnet haben’ (For those members of the voluntary Fire Service who have given 25 years’ service characterised by loyalty and zeal). The Decoration was suppressed at the end of 1918 and had not, in fact, been awarded since 1915.