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.
- Hauptmunzamt Wien (Imperial Mint, Vienna)
- Josef Zimbler of Vienna
Number Issued: 6,200
- 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.
- 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.
Miniature: Miniatures of this decoration exist.
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