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A 25-jährige 1. Stufe. Polizei-Dienstauszeichnung im Etui. This was awarded to active members of the German Police who gave 25 years of service surrounding the Third Reich era. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been gold gilded. The obverse features a centrally placed police emblem which consists of a German national eagle clutching a wreathed mobile swastika in its talons above an oval oak leaf wreath (tied together at the top) which is in front of a pebbled pattée style cross that has a smooth boarder. The reverse reads: “Für Treue Dienst in der Polizei” (For Loyal Service in the Police) within an oval smooth backing and in front of that same bordered pattée style cross. To the top is a soldered on loop and ring which holds approximately 4 inches of folded blue rayon ribbon that has a stitched on gilded brass pin, hinge and catch assembly. The bright thick gilt is superb! It measures approximately 1 11/16 inches wide and tall. The award comes housed in its original case. The case is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard with a simulated, grained, green, leather covering. To the top is a beautiful pressed gold foil “25” surrounded by an oak leaf wreath. The interior top lid is lined in white velvet and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is covered in an olive felt with and exterior white cardboard border. To the front is a gilded round steel spring loaded closure button. To the back is a gilded steel staggered bar hinge. The hinge and the closure button continue to function well. The case is in excellent condition. It measures approximately 4 1/8 inches long by 2 3/8 inches wide by 7/8 of an inch thick. Nice!
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