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Original German WWII First Class Police Long Service Cross Award - 25 Years Service

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Police Long Service Award (Polizei-Dienstauszeichnung) was a long service medal awarded to active members of the German Police during the era of NSDAP Germany as a political award. Professor Richard Klein designed the awards, which varied slightly in design depending on the length of service of the recipient.

On 30 January 1938, Adolf AH ordered the institution of an award for members of the police force who met qualifications based on length of service. The award was given in three grades to men who had served for eight, eighteen, and twenty-five years. The design of all three medals had the police insignia, which consisted of a national eagle emblem surrounded by a wreath, on the obverse side. The third class award was a silver medal, the second class a silvered cross, and the first class a gold cross.

All three awards were emblazoned with the inscription FÜR TREUE DIENSTE IN DER POLIZEI ("For faithful service in the Police") on the reverse. There was a 40 year award designed and authorized during WWII, but there are no records of anyone earning it due to the end of the War and the NSDAP Party.

This example is the First Class award, for 25 years of service, and is in very good condition, with the correct blue ribbon with the civic police insignia embroidered on it. The gilding on the award is retained at nearly 100%, showing no real wear or oxidation. The ribbon does show a bit of fading and wear, with signs that it was attached to a medal bar or uniform before.

The included blue leatherette case has had the color faded overall, and now looks somewhat aqua in color. It has the correct gold wreath on the top with 25 in the center, which shows wear and fading. The interior has a gray plush material inlet bottom, with satin on the lid, which has torn mostly across over the hinge. The case closes correctly, however the latch on the bottom is missing, so it does not stay closed.

An lovely example, ready to display!

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