Figure 1: Home Guard Twenty-Five Year Service Decoration. Image from the author’s archive

Introduction:

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

Interesting Facts:

· 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.

Figure 2: Home Guard Twenty-Five Year Service Decoration, obverse. Image courtesy of  Dorotheum.

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).

Figure 2: Home Guard Twenty-Five Year Service Decoration, reverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

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

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Imperial Mint, Vienna)

Number Issued: Unknown.

Case: Unknown

Figure 4: Home Guard Twenty-Five Year Service Decoration, ribbon. Image from the author’s archive.

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.

Attachments: None

Miniature: None Known

Figure 5: Home Guard Twenty-Five Year Service Decoration, certificate. Image from the author’s archive.

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time, I hope you find joy in our shared interest.

Rick

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