Saxe-Meiningen Cross for Merit in War

Accession Number REL/02591.009
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Award
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany: Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen
Date made c 1915-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Saxe-Meiningen Cross for Merit in War. Awarded by the Duke of Sachsen Meiningen to officers who showed special merit. Instituted on 7 March 1915. Bronze cross pattee with curved ends to arms and a ducal coronet between each arm. Suspended from a five-arched crown. The obverse has a central medallion has founder's initial 'B'. The entire entire cross is set within an oak wreath, cross-tied at the cardinal points. The reverse shows the Arms of Saxony on central medallion and 'FUR VERDIENST IM KREIGE 1914/15' on the outer circle. The ribbon is a combattant's issue of black with yellow side stripes and green and white chequered edges. This cross is an early war issue. It was later produced in grey zinc as a wartime economy measure.

History / Summary

Unknown. Part of a collection of 14 Imperial German decorations & medals obtained in Germany immediately following the 1914-18 War.