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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Silver-gilt cross pattée with rays between the arms, on integral crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the lion rampant of Belgium within a ring inscribed with the national motto ‘L’UNION FAIT LA FORCE’ (Strength through Unity); the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the cipher of King Leopold II within a ring inscribed ‘MERITE ANCIENNETE ARMEE’ (Military Merit for Long Service); gilding age-faded; on original age-faded ribbon mounted for wear in the Belgian style and with gilt chevron. The Decoration was instituted on 22 December 1873 to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for ten years’ service and with a chevron for an additional five years’ service. This good early example is from the reign of King Leopold II, 1873-1909.

 
Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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Military Decoration for Loyal Service, 1st class (Décoration Militaire pour Ancienneté, 1ère classe / Militair Ereteken voor Anciënniteit, 1ste klasse), King Leopold II issue, 1873-1909
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