This is an exceptionally fine First World War German Military Service Cross 1st Class in Gold with swords that remains in excellent condition. The cross is with a fire-gilt finish and central black and white enameled medallion that has an “L” cipher of King Ludwig II in the center and the word “MERENTI”, or MERIT on the surrounding ring. The reverse has a Bavarian lion with the founding date, “1866”, on the surrounding ring. At the top of the cross is a set of separately applied crossed swords. The cross is suspended from a piece of original ribbon and exhibits truly fine detail and craftsmanship. A beautiful example in excellent condition and one that displays very nicely.
The Militär-Verdienstkreuz was the Bavarian kingdom’s main decoration for bravery and military merit. It was awarded “to reward extraordinary merit by non-commissioned officers, soldiers, and lower-ranking officials” in actual combat with an armed enemy.