Hanseatic War Cross of Merit (Bremen)

Accession Number REL/02591.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Award
Physical description Silver; enamel
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1915-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Hanseatic War Cross of Merit instituted in 1915 for serving or former members of the armed forces from the free Hanseatic towns of Bremen, Lubeck and Hamburg. The obverse is a red enamelled cross with silver edges. The symbol on the central medallion (in this case a key for the City of Bremen) indicated the city from which the recipient had come. The reverse is plain silver with the inscription 'FUR VERDIENST IM KREIGE 1914'. The ribbon was different for each city. In this case it is five white and four red stripes for Bremen.

History / Summary

Unknown. Part of a collection of 14 Imperial German decorations & medals obtained in Germany immediately after the 1814-18 War.