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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN. Commemorative Cross for the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the War Years 1848, 1849, blackened iron (Erinnerungskreuz für die schleswig-holsteinische Armee an die Kriegsjahre 1848-1849, Eisen geschwärzt)
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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN. Commemorative Cross for the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the War Years 1848, 1849, blackened iron (Erinnerungskreuz für die schleswig-holsteinische Armee an die Kriegsjahre 1848-1849, Eisen geschwärzt)
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Blackened iron cross pattée with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the arms of Schleswig (left), being two lions passant and Holstein (right), being a nettle leaf, the left and right arms bearing the dates ‘1848’ and ‘1849’ respectively; the reverse plain; diameter 28.73mm (1.13 inches); on replaced correct ribbon. The Cross was instituted by the provisional government of Schleswig Holstein in Kiel on 2 July 1850 to be awarded to the army for the war with Denmark of 1848-1849. It was cast from the iron cannon of the Danish ship of the line Christian VIII, destroyed by German bombardment at Eckernförde in April 1849. In March 1848, the Germans of Schleswig-Holstein staged an armed uprising with the aim of establishing an independent state. The Schleswig-Holstein army consisted at this time of approximately 400 volunteers under Prince von Noer, the garrison of the Fortress of Rendsburg and about 2,500 volunteers from all over Germany who joined the fight against Danish rule. The King of Denmark was Duke of both Duchies and the Danish army intervened. German states, with Prussia prominent, supported the uprising and war continued for three years with Prussia eventually yielding to pressure from the Great Powers. A superb example of an early, very rare medal.

 
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN. Commemorative Cross for the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the War Years 1848, 1849, blackened iron (Erinnerungskreuz für die schleswig-holsteinische Armee an die Kriegsjahre 1848-1849, Eisen geschwärzt)
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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN. Commemorative Cross for the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the War Years 1848, 1849, blackened iron (Erinnerungskreuz für die schleswig-holsteinische Armee an die Kriegsjahre 1848-1849, Eisen geschwärzt)
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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN. Commemorative Cross for the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the War Years 1848, 1849, blackened iron (Erinnerungskreuz für die schleswig-holsteinische Armee an die Kriegsjahre 1848-1849, Eisen geschwärzt)
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