Original German / Bavarian Prince Alfons Commemorative Badge in Silver - post WW1, VERY NICE CONDITION, THE RIBBON IS BIT FADED BUT GENUINE, NICE DETAILED EXAMPLE WITH INTACT PIN DEVICE, MAKER MARKED: "M. HEINLOTH"
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Prince Alfons Commemorative Badge (Prinz-Alfons-Erinnerungszeichen) - This unofficial commemorative badge was privately instituted by the Bavarian prince Alfons (Alfons Maria Franz von Assisi Klemens Max Emanuel Prinz von Bayern, 24.01.1862 – 08.01. 1933). Being an avid hunter and patron of various patriotic associations that mushroomed in post-war Weimar Republic, e.g. hunting and shooting clubs, prince Alfons personally picked those eligible for a decoration. The badge was also issued to Bavarian WW1 veterans with monarchist political convictions. Awards continued after his death that followed on January 8, 1933. The badge (42х45 mm) represented a crowned cipher “A” encircled by two leaves – oak at the left and laurel at the right tied by a ribbon at the bottom. Prince Alfons Commemorative Badge was made of various metals and had gilt or silver finish. Being instituted in one class only the color of the finish didn’t signify lower or higher grade of a decoration but was changed due to production period and manufacturers’ preferences. The badge was attached to a horizontal rectangular 33 mm ribbon band of various colors by two small round rivets. The ribbon depended mainly on the awardee’s club profile. Thus members of military clubs received a badge (Prinz-Alfons-Erinnerungszeichen für Militärvereine) on a blue ribbon with two thin horizontal white stripes at both edges; members of shooting clubs – Prinz-Alfons-Erinnerungszeichen für Schützenvereine on green ribbon with white and blue stripes; members of small-bore rifles shooting clubs – Erinnerungszeichen für Vereine des Kleinkaliber-Schießsports on a green ribbon with two vertical blue stripes bearing six white diamonds each. The badge was also awarded on a band of a Bavarian order of Saint Hubert (Orden des Heiligen Hubertus) – green with two thin horizontal red stripes at both edges. Reverse has a thin horizontal metal bar with a horizontal needle and catching hook.