Original German / Saxony Decoration of the Red Cross - 3rd Class (1st form) - POST WW1, NICE CONDITION, GOOD DETAILED EXAMPLE ON GENUINE RIBBON, SOME ENAMEL DAMAGE ON THE CENTRE RED CROSS, A RARE AWARD
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Saxony Decoration of the Red Cross 3rd Class (Ehrenzeichen des Sächsischen Landesvereins vom Roten Kreuz 3. Klasse) - This award was instituted around 1922 by the Saxon State Association of the Red Cross. The oval medal was awarded for 10 years of loyal and impeccable service in the Red Cross. There were three grades of this wawrd: the 1st class is a gold-plated, green enamelled cross with green enamelled oak leaves wreath between the cross arms. The 2nd class is a silvered, green enamelled cross with no oak leaves wreath. The first class was awarded for 40 years' service, the 2nd class was awarded for 25 years' service. The III. Class award is known in two different forms. The 1st form has a recessed Geneva cross on the back - GES.GESCH.- (Legally Protected). The 2nd form was introduced in 1930 and has on the back of the laurel wreath on the edge of the raised font in 6 lines Edel -/- sei -/- der – Mensch -/- hilfreich -/- und -/- gut -. The 2nd form was also made of war metal (zinc alloy). Size: 28 x 40 mm, this award is not often seen.