Silvered metal Urdy cross, with crossed swords between the arms, on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing stripes of white, green and red enamel, the national colours of Bulgaria within a ring inscribed with the date ‘2 AVGUST 1891’ (2 August 1891) in Cyrillic script; the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the Bulgarian lion rampant within a ring inscribed in Cyrillic characters ‘ZA VOENNA ZASLUGA’ (for Military Merit); some wear to the silvering; on original faded ribbon.
The Order was founded by a Knyaz (Princely) Order dated 18 May 1900 ‘as a sign of particular recognition to our brave army’ and was an extension of the Order for Civil Merit to the military. (It is for this reason that the order bears the date of the founding of the latter order rather than its own).
The order had six classes and the 6th class, as in the example here, was awarded to company and section commanders up to the rank of Captain, to non-commissioned officers, volunteers from the war of 1885 with Serbia, the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 and in World War I, 1915-1918.
This example dates from the period of the Regency, 1944-1947 and is rare.