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Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–1871. Introduced on May 20. 1871, the War Commemorative Medal of 1870-1871 was awarded united German soldiers for combat service (bronze) in the Franco-Prussian War. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of victory, clasps were authorized to be worn on the medal on August 18, 1895.The award was constructed out of a die-stamped bronze base that has been gilded. The bronze material to make the award was taken from captured cannons. The obverse (attached backwards) features a pattée style cross with a centrally placed wreathed “1870 1871”, with rays coming out of its corners. The reverse features the crowned Royal cypher of William I over the inscription: “Dem siegreichen Heere” (To the Victorious Army) and surrounded by “Gott war mit uns, Ihm sei die Ehre” (God was with us, to Him be the glory). The edge is not inscribed. To the top is a loop and a custom round wire ribbon attachment, that has also been stitched on holding a 4-inch folded Reich’s colored silk/rayon ribbon. Attached to the ribbon is six clasps, reading from top to bottom: “Loigny-Poupry”, “Orléans”, “Beaugency-Cravant”, “Le Mans”, “Metz” and “Paris”. They are each attached with two flatwire prongs. To the top of the ring is a custom bar with a pin, hinge and catch assembly. The award measures 1 3/16 inches in diameter. A very unique piece!
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