A c.1915-1918 Mecklenburg-Schwerin Militärverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse 1914 by C. F. Zimmermann of Pforzheim. The Mecklenburg-Schwerin Military Cross of Merit for World War I was established on August 5, 1848. It was renewed by Grand Duke Friedrich Franz in 1915, with retrospective effect from August 2, 1914. It was awarded for military merit for services rendered to the enemy, 1st class only. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak/buntmetall base that has been gold gilded. The obverse features; a pattée style cross that has a centrally placed “FF” (Grand Duke Friedrich Franz), a Kings crown to the top arm and “1914” to the lower arm, which is all on a pebbled base and surrounded by a ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The full back reverse displays: a flat straight pin, a soldered on rectangular wire catch and a soldered-on block hinge. It displays beautiful gilding and nice vaulting. It measures 1 9/16 inches wide and tall. A nice one!
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