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Nice collection 👍

Do you know if the 2nd class (with WD) was manufactured by others than Rothe & Neffe?

The one you show is the design I always see, but I have one that is slightly different (the bow and the wreath)... I don't think it has any hallmarks, but I can double-check...

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Went back and double-checked and it does have hallmarks.

One is what looks like a '3', a dog's head and an 'A'. The other hallmark is 'FR'.

So Rothe must have made different versions. Here is mine - you can see the difference in the bow and the top of the wreath where the two branches meet.


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just to complete what Enzo wrote. Honour Badges for Red Cross Merit were established in August 1914, so as Enzo correctly stated there were no award before outbreak of WWI as this one started on 28 July 1914. However, plan to introduce these decorations didn't have anything to do with WWI as Red Cross Merit badges should have reflected upon 30. anniversary of International Red Cross Conference, held in Geneva in 1884. So bit of coincidence...plan for new decoration was made in peace times, but first awardees got it already in war times.


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