Here we have a beautiful Reichsarbeitsdienst 3rd Class 12 Year Long Service Medal! This was awarded to all members of the RAD who contributed 12 years of loyal service. It is constructed out of a die stuck aluminum alloy base that has been silver washed with polished highlights. The oval shaped obverse features a RAD logo, which consists of; a mobile swastika in front of an upright spade shovel head that has a wheat sheath coming out either side of it, which lies on a smooth background and is surrounded by a laurel leaf wreath that is tied together at the top and bottom. The reverse of the badge depicts an embossed inscription of "Für treue Dienste im Reichsarbeitsdienst" (For Faithful Service in the Reich Labor Service) on a smooth field and is also surrounded by the same wreath. To the top is a loop and ring which holds approximately 1 inch of original 11mm folded blue rayon ribbon, likely at some point someone added the ribbon bar type ribbon for display as Original Long Service ribbon is near impossible to find. I have added 6" of original ribbon for you. The award measures 1 5/8 inches high by 1 1/4 inches wide. Beautiful silver wash remains! A gorgeous display item!
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