The Bavarian Military Merit Cross was instituted on 22 December 1913 by King Ludwig III and was awarded to enlisted soldiers for acts of bravery and military merit (with swords). It is constructed out of a multi-piece die struck tombak base that has been bronze washed. The obverse separately soldered on roundel depicts a centrally placed stylized “L” (King Ludwig) below a king’s crown on a smooth round backing which is surrounded by a bordered “Merenti” (Merit) to the top and an ornate belt to the bottom. The roundel is on top of a pebbled Maltese style cross that is below two crossed broad swords, a hollow king’s crown and ring. The reverse separately soldered on roundel depicts a rampant lion which is surrounded by a bordered “1866” (institution date) to the top and an ornate belt to the bottom. The award measures 2 ½ inches tall by 1 5/8 inches wide and comes complete with 6" of post-war replacement ribbon.
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