Original German mounted medal group: Honour Cross With Swords (combatant version) & Wurttemberg Long Service Medal lll. Class (9 Years' Service) - WW1, RELIC CONDITION, GENUINE VERY WORN RIBBONS, the Honour Cross is maker marked: "G.4"
HISTORY OF THE AWARDS:
Cross of Honour, also known as the Honour Cross or, popularly, the Hindenburg Cross, was a commemorative medal inaugurated on July 13, 1934 by Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg for those soldiers of Imperial Germany who fought in World War I. It came in three versions: Honour Cross for Combatants (Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer) - for soldiers who fought on the front, Honour Cross for War Participants (Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer) - for non-combatant soldiers, Honour Cross for Next-of-Kin (Ehrenkreuz für Hinterbliebene) - for the next-of-kin of fallen soldiers. After the annexation (Anschluss) of Austria in 1938, Austrian veterans of World War I were also eligible for the Cross of Honour. A total of 6,250,000 Crosses were awarded to combatants, 1,200,000 were awarded to non-combatants and 720,000 medals were awarded to next-of-kin. The medal was designed by Eugene Godet, its shape is similar to the Iron Cross (although smaller in size), in the center of the obverse are the dates of the First World War (1914-1918) surrounded with a wreath of oak leaves, the reverse of the medal in plain. A variation with an anchor in the center, and referred to as the Naval Cross, was issued to veterans of the Imperial German Navy. The Honour Cross for War Participants differed from the Honour Cross for Combatants by not having the crossed swords. The Honour Cross for Next-of-Kin also lacked swords, was lacquered in black, and had a different ribbon. The medal is suspended from a ribbon with a thin black lines of its sides, a red line in the center and next to it a black and white lines on each side, on the next-of-kin medal the ribbon colors are reverse.
Wurttemberg Long Service Decoration III class for 9 years’ service, nickel silver medal, 1913-1917 issue (WÜRTTEMBERG. Dienstauszeichnung III. Klasse für 9 Dienstjahre, Medaille aus Neusilber, verliehen 1913-1917) - Circular nickel silver medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crown of Württemberg within a circular laurel wreath; the reverse inscribed in Gothic characters ‘Für treue Dienste bei der Fahne’ (For loyal service under the flag) above the Roman numeral ‘IX’ (9) within a circular wreath of oak. The medal was instituted by King Wilhelm II on 19 July 1913 by amendment to the award in buckle form (Schnalle) created on 16 March 1874 and was intended to recognise the completion of 9 years’ exemplary service in the Württemberg army. The medal was produced in nickel silver (Neusilber) until 1917 and in blackened iron from 1917 until its suppression in 1921.