✚9615✚ German pre WW1 Baden Cross for Voluntary Relief Work medal 1870-1871

£139.99

Original German / Baden pre WW1 Cross for Voluntary Relief Work (Erinnerungskreuz Kreuz für freiwillige Hilfstätigkeit), IN VERY NICE CONDITION ON NEW RIBBON, VERY GOOD DETAILED EXAMPLE WITH ATTRACTIVE TARNISH / PATINA, A RARE AWARD - IN PARTICULAR IN THIS FANTASTIC CONDITION

HISTORY OF THE AWARD:

Baden Cross for Voluntary Relief Work (Erinnerungskreuz Kreuz für freiwillige Hilfstätigkeit), 1870-1871 - Gilt bronze cross pattée with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing a Greek (Geneva) cross with vertical hatching for the heraldic colour ‘gules’ (red), the crown of Baden on the upper arm, an escutcheon bearing the arms of Baden on the lower arm, the left and right arms dated ‘1870’ and ‘1871’ respectively; the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned monogram of Grand-Duke Friedrich. The Cross was instituted on 25 June 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War to be awarded to ‘Männer, Frauen und Jungfrauen, die sich durch Pflege der Verwundeten und Kranken, durch Fürsorge der Truppen und Unterstützung der Familien der zum Wehrdienst eingezogenen Reservisten und Landwehrmänner hervorgetan haben’ (Men, women and young women who have distinguished themselves through care of the wounded and sick, welfare of the troops and support of the families of Military, enlisted Reservists and Territorials). The Cross is not often found.