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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class, in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Silver-edged blue enamel Maltese cross with ball-tipped finials, the arms with white enamel inlaid panels and with red enamel flames between the arms, with decorative loop for ribbon suspension; the face with an oval central white enamel medallion bearing the Royal Yugoslav arms encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by a fireman’s helmet and crossed axes; the reverse inscribed ‘VATROGASNI SAVEZ KRALJEVINE JUGOSLAVIJA’ (Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), with maker’s mark ‘GK (for Griesbach & Knaus, medallers) ZAGREB’; all enamel intact, slight cracking to the central medallion visible under magnification; on original ribbon; in original fitted case of issue by Franjo Fričak of Virovitica, the catch laking, some exterior scuffing, the hinge repaired. The Croatian fire service can trace its history back some 140 years and it has a long and proud tradition, not least in serving to underline patriotism and national consciousness in being mutually organised to face catastrophe with a united response. The similarity of the cross to that of the Order of St Sava is unmistakable. Rare award from the inter-war period.

 
Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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Cross of Merit (Krst za Zasluge) of the Fire Service of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Vatrogasni Savez Kraljevine Jugoslavija), 3rd class,  in original fitted case of issue
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