WW1 German Iron Cross and Hesse Darmstadt Pair
An original nicely mounted WW1 German medal pair. A beautiful condition EK2, magnetic three piece construction, plus the Hesse Darmstadt Medal inscribed in the rear Fur Tapferkeit / For Bravery.
The HESSE-DARMSTADT - General Honour Decoration, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, ‘For Bravery’, (Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen, Großherzog Ernst Ludwig, ‘Für Tapferkeit’),1894-1918 issue. Circular silver medal with loop for ribbon suspension which shows a little tarnishing; the face with the head of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig facing left, circumscribed ‘ERNST LUDWIG GROSSHERZOG VON HESSEN’; the reverse inscribed ‘FÜR TAPFERKEIT’ (for Bravery) within a circular wreath of oak and laurel. The decoration was instituted in 1843 and bore the image of the successive Grand Dukes of Hesse. It was used as an award for a number of purposes, the inscription on the reverse varying accordingly, that inscribed ‘Für Tapferkeit’ coming to be known as the Hesse Bravery Medal (‘Hessische Tapferkeitsmedalle’).