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Medal Bar with Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914, Red Eagle Order Medal and lastly Honor Cross for the Combatants of WWI (Hindenburg Cross). The appearance of a Red Eagle Order medal on medal bar is scarce. The appearance of the last type medal, made from Zinc, has not been observed until now. Exceedingly rare medal ensemble, despite the condition of the ribbons.
On May 18, 1842, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV ordered a silver medal to be manufactured that he would hand out during his visit to the silver wedding jubilee festivities of Czar Nikolaus I in St. Petersburg on June 13, 1842. He called it the Army medal. The crowned silver medal showed the cross of the Red Eagle Order on the avers and his cypher FW IV on the reverse.
On February 25, 1873, it was ordered by Kaiser Wilhelm I that the medal should be awarded on the statutory ribbon only to military ranks of staff sergeant and lower who did not directly take part in a war. The medal was also intended for the household staff of the Emperor.
After an order on December 1, 1888, the medal could now be given only to those previously awarded the War Merit Medal on the white-orange ribbon, and those in receipt of the Crown Order medal. After 1893 awards to the local civil staff in the German colonies were allowed as well.
Since September 1916 replacement materials had to be used so that the Red Eagle Order Medal was made from gilt zinc. 1000 were coined as a one-piece strike and finished by cutting out the spaces between the crown yokes. Examples without this finish were awarded in 1918.
Here the very rare last verison. Though the gilding is still present on the ring, the medal itself lost almost all of its finish.