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I hope this one qualifies as early. ;)

Württemberg, Dienst-Ehrenzeichen I. Klasse (1850 - 1864) on it's original ribbon.

(free for trade, if someone has some some nice Baden thing)

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It was a tossup whether to put this here or in the rarities post, but since it's not hens' teeth rare, just thin on the ground, it wound up here. Until 1866, when it was annexed by Prussia for staying neutral in the war against Austria, the city of Frankfurt am Main was a free city with its own standing army. If a fellow managed to stick it out for 15 years he got one of these.

Established by the City Council in December 1840, it was awarded for " faithful and reproach-free performance in the line military of the Stadt." The dies were cut by Tomschütz of Frankfurt and the medal was produced by the Herzogliche Nassauische Medailleur Zollmann in Wiesbaden.

Considering the population of the city was around 55,000 at the time there wouldn't have been much call for them.

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Here is a 25 year cross which was awarded from 1849 to 1866 along with 15, 10 and 5 year crosses

from Hessen-Kassel as awarded from 1835 to 1849

thought I recognised these from somewhere :-) thanks for sharing

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