In this blog I am going to discuss the Home Guard Twenty Five Year Service Decoration (Landsturm 25 Dienstjahre Ehrenzeichen) which was established by Emperor Franz Joseph I as a reward for to those persons who served actively and with merit in an organization liable for militia service and subject to the national royal ministry for defense for a period of at least twenty-five years.
Date Issued: Emperor Franz Joseph I created this decoration on November 26, 1908
Reason Issued: This decoration was created on the occasion of the Sixty Year Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I for award to those persons who served actively and with merit in an organization liable for militia service and subject to the national royal ministry for defense for a period of at least twenty-five years.
Classes or Types: There are two types of this award:
· Twenty Five Year Service Medal in bronze
· Twenty-Five Year Service Medal in gilt bronze for officers
· A person receiving the 40 year service medal had to return the 25 year medal
Hallmarks: None known
Design: A round medal with an attached square eye.
Obverse: Inside a raised rim and following the contour of the medal starting at the seven o’clock position and ending at the five o’clock position is the inscription: CONSTANTIAE ET PATRIAE AMORI (For perseverance and love of country). Within the inscription is a laurel wreath over which is a vertical plaque on which is an imperial crown and below which is the letters FJI (Franz Joseph I).
Reverse: Inside a raised rim is an inscription following the contour of the upper half of the medal: QUINQUE LUSTRA (Five, five years (5 , 5 year service segments thus Twenty-five years). At the bottom of the medal are two laurel branches crossed at the stem. Inside of the inscription and wreath is an imperial eagle.
Weight: 21.4 grams
Size: 35 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick.
Type of Material: Dark chocolate bronze or gilt bronze.
Variations: None known
Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Imperial Mint, Vienna)
Number Issued: Unknown.
Ribbon: A 38 mm tri-fold ribbon. The ribbon is one half golden yellow and one half black. The yellow portion of the ribbon has a one and a half mm black stripe and the black a comparable yellow stripe. The narrow stripes are one and a half mm from the ribbons edge.
· A small rectangular ribbon for this decoration was introduced in October 27, 1917.
Miniature: None Known
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