Original WW1 German / Bavarian Long Service Cross for 15 Years' Service, IN VERY NICE CONDITION, ON NEW RIBBON, A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE - THE OBVERSE SHOWS SOME OXIDATION, THE AWARD IS NOT OFTEN SEEN
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Bavarian 15-Year Military Long Service Cross (Bayern 15 Jahre Dienstauszeichnung) was instituted in 1913 to replace the Militär Dienstauszeichnung Schnalle 2. Klasse. It was awarded to military active duty NCO's and enlisted personnel for 15 years active service and required the recommendation of their Commanding Officer. This medal was instituted by Prinz Regent Ludwig on 30th August 1913 and awarded by 1919. These are often found in WWI German medal groups and helps identifying the recipient as a Bavarian. The 15-Year Long Service Cross was made of a metal similar to a bronzed brass (the exact metal alloy was varied but the finishing techniques left a flat golden color) with a flat ring loop soldered on for the suspension through which a blue silk woven ribbon (UV-negative, usually 32-35 mm wide) is worn. The Cross size varied over the years at around 43-44. Both sides of the Cross have a small edged border. The obverse had the Bavarian coats of arms centered within a circle in the middle of the Cross. The reverse carried only a XV within a circle, which represented 15 years.