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The Cross for Faithful Service- re-instituted on 18 Nov 1914 awarded to officers and enlisted men in both a combattant and noncombattant version (different ribbons) like the EK2.

Don

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Odd looking as the completely smooth reverse is, that WAS how these were issued-- for 1870, as well as 1914.

The color should be nice gilt like Don's-- I've never seen one with all the finish gone. Despite the name, these were indeed Schaumburg's version of an EK, and not (as might seem) some long service award!

Here is an award document (notice the number at lower left where it was entered on the award roll) for one, to Bavarian Hauptmann Alois Louis, detached from his infantry command to railways staff after 1914 leg wounds that led to amputation:

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Don & Rick,

Thanks for the info. There isn't any trace of the finish, not even in the suspension ring.

Would it be difficult for a Bavarian to be awarded the cross? Schaumburg Lippe isn't a very big area.

Tony

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