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Don,can you tell more on the award you showed?I have never seen that before...

It's a North Rheinland Fire Cross of Merit, another of the state awards (like yours) that were allowed to be issued between 1934 - 1936, prior to the introduction of the Reich Crosses seen earlier in this thread. Yours is the one issued by Prussia for the same period.

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Don

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Don,

thanks for the info.I didn?t know that there were these ones existing statewise.I always thought mine would have been a old pattern modified with a swaz,awarded only for a transitional period of time.Do you know by chance how many different of these exist?

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Including the two we have here, I know of 14 different designs.

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Don

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Oh my goodness!That is surprising news.Thanks a lot for the info,you do not happen to have one or another of those,do you :cheeky:

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The Fire Fighting medal does add a lot of color to a medal bar! I especially am attracted to the Luftschultz/Firefighting bar!

Does the Green Firefighting medal have the same awarding criteria as it's better known counterpart? I had no idea that there were so many different designs. Do you have anothers to post?

Paul

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Unfortunately, it's the only one I have at this time, although I'm working on more.

I believe the criteria was basically the same, either long service or bravery.

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Don

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Thanks for the explaination. I would like to see more pics of the others when you get them!!! :cheers:

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Here's another. The Baden 25yr Service bar or spange with it's case.

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Don

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Congrats,Don!I wonder where you got a hold of this lil gem :P Never seen before,but I like it?s compact looking!The case is a beauty itself.

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Here is the more rare version with thin ring for the ribbon ring attachment (cased of course):

1.

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Don,

Simply beautiful! I know that you stated that these are rare(years of awarding). They must number under a thousand awarded!

Darrell,

Nice! I would love to obtain one of these some day!

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Simply beautiful! I know that you stated that these are rare(years of awarding). They must number under a thousand awarded!

Thanks Paul, indeed they are & were rare at the time. For example, the Rhineland cross above is known to have only been awarded 84 times....... Of course, as with any award more were made than awarded.

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Don

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Also from 1934.......

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Don

Don,

Your North Rheinland Fire Cross of Merit is very very impressive!

Nice, rare find :speechless:

John

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Hello all,

These fire service decorations are certainly some of the most striking badges I've seen. I'll be glad just to get a 2nd class cased one at some point in time,not to mention any of the others! And Don I've never seen the Rhineland badge or Baden 25 year service cross ever before,beautiful items. You have some fantastic stuff in your collection.

Duzig(Bill)

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Here's another. The Baden 25yr Service bar or spange with it's case.

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Don

Hallo Don, this must be a brother to yours, nice story on how I obtained it, I was looking at items for sale on Ebay USA WW1 militaria section last year, when I saw a WW1 medal bar that had been stripped of the medals EKII, Baden Service Medal, and Hindenberg Cross, when I looked up the guys other auctions he had the medals listed seperately and this incorectly identified Baden Volunteer Firemans Bar & Box, I sent the guy an email to tell him it what is was and he asked me if I could tell him its value, which I did after consulting my Orden & Ehrenzeichen 1800-1945 (2005-2006) edition and he pulled the auction with no bids, told me as I had been nice enough to let him know what it was, and its worth, I could have for 100 Dollars, :speechless1: so I grabbed it fast.

Seems sometimes honesty is the best policy.

Kev in Deva

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Great story Kev, nice to hear that people can still be honest & also that others are appreciative of it.

Nice piece as well, good to see another example :beer:

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Don

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Here's another, this one from Th?ringen. A bronze 25yr service medal, unfortunately it came with the incorrect ribbon which I have removed. This version also came in silver for 33 years service & gold for 40 years.

The scan really doesn't do this justice, the medal is so finely struck with beautiful detail.

This is the first pattern, there were also two other patterns issued in Th?ringen, an enamelled cross & a gold cross.

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Don

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This is what the ribbon should look like, white, red, white, red, white, red, white. The centre red being wider.

The hunt is now on for an original ribbon.

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Don

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Interesting on the boxed 3. Reich piece Kev.... I remember that one well. One of the few times I actually cranked at a seller for ending an item I would have bid heavily on! Glad it has a good home!

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Interesting on the boxed 3. Reich piece Kev.... I remember that one well. One of the few times I actually cranked at a seller for ending an item I would have bid heavily on! Glad it has a good home!

Hallo Stogie, :beer: thanks for the kind comment its quite at home in my medal cabinet now. :love:

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