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HESSE-DARMSTADT. General Honour Decoration, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, ‘For Bravery’, (HESSEN-DARMSTADT. Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen, Großherzog Ernst Ludwig, ‘Für Tapferkeit’), 1894-1918 issue, miniature
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HESSE-DARMSTADT.  General Honour Decoration, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, ‘For Bravery’, (HESSEN-DARMSTADT. Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen, Großherzog Ernst Ludwig, ‘Für Tapferkeit’), 1894-1918 issue, miniature
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Miniature circular silver medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with the head of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig facing left, circumscribed ‘ERNST LUDWIG GROSSHERZOG VON HESSEN’; the reverse inscribed ‘FÜR TAPFERKEIT’ (for Bravery) within a circular wreath of oak and laurel; diameter 16.39mm (0.64 inch); without ribbon. The decoration was instituted in 1843 and bore the image of the successive Grand Dukes of Hesse. It was used as an award for a number of purposes, the inscription on the reverse varying accordingly, that inscribed ‘Für Tapferkeit’ coming to be known as the Hesse Bravery Medal (‘Hessische Tapferkeitsmedalle’). This example dates from the period between the accession of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig in 1894 and his abdication at the end of World War I in late 1918.

 
HESSE-DARMSTADT.  General Honour Decoration, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, ‘For Bravery’, (HESSEN-DARMSTADT. Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen, Großherzog Ernst Ludwig, ‘Für Tapferkeit’), 1894-1918 issue, miniature
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