Figure 1: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class, 1890-1918, obverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Introduction:

With this blog I am going to continue the discussion of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian officer service crosses.  I will now continue the discussion of the Officer’s Military Service Decoration, second class (Militärdienstzeichen II Klasse für Offiziere) which was issued from 1890-1918.

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer:

  • Hauptmunzamt Wien (Imperial Mint, Vienna)
  • Josef Zimbler of Vienna

Number Issued: 6,200

Figure 2: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class case, Type I. Image from the authors archive

Case:

  • Case Type I: A red cloth case with the Habsburg coat of arms in gold on the lid. The interior is black plush and fitted while the inner part of the lid is white silk and often has the maker’s logo in gilt.
  • Case Type II: A red cloth case with the older version of the Habsburg coat of arms in gold on the lid. The interior is black plush and fitted while the inner part of the lid is white silk and often has the makers logo in gilt.
  • Case Type III: A red leather case with the inscription VON DEM KAMERADEN on lid and a dark blue plush interior. (This is a privately made presentation case)
  • Case Type IV: Decorative cases for engraved awards have been noted. They have been in the regiment’s colors with fancy engraving and other ornamentation.
  • Case Type V: A maroon simulated leather case with the words Officiers Verdienst Kruz in gilt script on the lid. The inner portion of the case is black fitted plush.
  • Fitted cases for multiple decorations have also been seen in which one of the decorations is a service cross.

Figure 3: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class, Case Type II: A red cloth covered case with the Habsburg coat of arms in gold on the lid. The interior is black plush and fitted while the inner part of the lid is white silk and has the maker’s logo in gilt. Cases of this type were known to be made by Josef Zimbler and Vinc Mayer and Sons. Image from the Author’s archive.

Figure 4: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class case, Type III: A red leather case with the inscription VON DEM KAMERADEN on lid and a dark blue plush interior. (This is a privately made presentation case). Image from the authors archive

Figure 5: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class case, Type V: A maroon simulated leather case with the words Officiers Verdienst Kruz in gilt script on the lid.  Image from the authors archive

Figure 6: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class case, Type V: The inner portion of the case is black fitted plush. Image from the authors archive

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbon:

  • Yellow-gold with an 8.5  mm black stripe 3 mm from each edge.
  • A small rectangular ribbon for this decoration sometimes issued with small attachments to indicate specific awards was introduced in October 27,1917.

Figure 7: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class, 1890-1918, ribbon. Image from the author’s archive.

Attachments: None

Miniature: Miniatures of this decoration exist.

Figure 8: Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class, 1890-1918, miniature. Image from the author’s archive

 

Figure 9: Fieldmarschall-Leutnant Viktor Severus Edler von Laubenfeld und Ciminago Wearing the Officer Military Service Cross second class. Image from the author’s archive.

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time when I will continue my description of the service cross with the Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Third class 1890-1918, I hope you find joy in our shared interest

Rick

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