Very rare Cross of Merit for Women and Maidens 1870-71. With silver frame with black enamelled core and center red cross. Silver inserts crown AW 1870-1871 on the back. On women's ribbon bow. Absolutely superb condition! Rare and difficult to find on the market.
This cross was founded on 22 March 1871 by King and Emperor Wilhelm I in recognition of the tireless and blessed sacrifice of the women and virgins in the ended war for the benefit of the fighters and their families. Queen Augusta addressed her husband on 12 November 1870 with a request to create a new Order for Female Merit during the war against France. The persons who were personally proposed by the Queen and who distinguished themselves in the care of the wounded in the war against France and thereafter or through other activities were distinguished for their benefit. The cross was awarded with a patent for the award, which was dated 18 July 1871. Princes received a very high handwriting from the king for the award ceremony. The Cross of Merit was not subject to return. Godet and Wagner & Sohn from Berlin are well-known manufacturers. There are crosses with punches Godet 800 and W as well as without punching. Especially due to the design, in the form of the Iron Cross, the award is highly sought after and unique as a women's award. Contrary to the Iron Cross, the Cross of Merit for Women and Virgins in the 1st World War was not renewed. The cross has been awarded more than 2,900 times. Among them were 43 Royal Highnesses.
Cross in the form of the Iron Cross. The cross consists of a silver 2 piece frame, this soldered. The front and back of the frame have an elevated inside 2 times graduated edge, from which the inner edge is semicircular and finely hatched across. The inside black enamelled. At the upper cross arm a transverse lye through which the elongated ribbon ring is pulled.
- Cross of Merit for women and virgins 1870-71 at the Ladies Band Bow - very rare
- Country of Origin
- Army Unit
- Kingdom of Prussia / Kaiser Wilhelm / Iron Cross
- Year of Manufacture
- Godet and Wagner & Sohn from Berlin
- Original/ Replica
- Very good condition
- Comes with certificate of authenticity