Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal

Original Antique Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration

Original Antique Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration | Approx. Size: 1.75″  H x 1.5″ W exclusive of ribbon | Generally Good Condition with normal wear consistent with age and use | Provenance: Part of a prominent Lifelong Military Medal Collection; Acquired from private Chicago, IL family of the collector.

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  • Original Antique Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration | The Silver Red Cross Merit Medal is an oval medal suspended from an attached eye. The eye of the medal varies depending on whether it has the war decoration. Those without the war decoration have a stylized wedge shaped eye while those with the war decoration have a curved eye.

    The Obverse of the Red Cross Merit Medal with war decoration: Inside a raised rim is an enameled wreath composed of oak leaves on the left and laurel on the right. The wreath is enameled dark green. The wreath is tied at the bottom and in two places on each side with a ribbon, which is also enameled green. Inside the wreath is a fine beaded line around the entire circumference of the medal. Inside the beaded line are two angels in vestments facing toward the center of the medal. Above the angels heads, in the center of the medal, is a five-pointed star with rays emanating from it. Between the angels and near their feet is a cloud. The angels hold between them a white enameled Gothic shield on which is a red Geneva Cross. Below the angels is the inscription PATRIAE AC HVMANITATI (Patriotism and Humanity). All of the elements inside of the war decoration are smaller than on the medals without the war wreath.

    The Reverse of the Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration: Inside a slightly raised rim is a wreath composed of oak on the left and laurel on the right. The wreath is of the same metal as the decoration. Inside the wreath is a fine beaded line following its circumference. Inside the beaded line are the dates 1864 and 1914, one above the other. The dates are in a smaller size than found on the medals without war decoration.

    Approx. Size: 1.75″  H x 1.5″ W exclusive of ribbon | Generally Good Condition with normal wear consistent with age and use | Provenance: Part of a prominent Lifelong Military Medal Collection; Acquired from private Chicago, IL family of the collector.

    This decoration is particularly interesting in that it could be awarded for two entirely different reasons. Those decorations issued with the addition of the war decoration were issued for meritorious service, in time of war, not warranting the award of the Red Cross Honor Decoration, second class. Recipients were usually volunteer health workers, members of the Red Cross, or staff of the War Help Bureau. This type of the award was a reward for actions in support of the humane efforts of the Red Cross. On the other hand those decorations awarded without the war decoration were given to those who had made a financial donation to support the efforts of the Red Cross.
    Medal Numismatics:
    Date Issued: This decoration was created on August 22, 1914 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Red Cross.
    Classes or Types: This award was issued in two classes
    Red Cross Silver Merit Medal with and without war decoration
    Red Cross Bronze Merit Medal with and without war decoration

    (Information from Orders & Medals Society of America)

  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    1.75"

    Width

    1.5"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    1.75"

    Width

    1.5"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration

    Kind

    Collectibles, Ephemera, Jewelry, Medals & Awards, Memorabilia, Precious Metals, Silver

    Medium

    Silver

    Origin

    Austrian

    Subject

    Historical, Military

    Title

    Austria Hungary Silver Red Cross Merit Medal with War Decoration