Cased Nazi Faithful Service Award for 40 Years by Deschler-This is an excellent example of this desirable award! The case is in very good condition. It has some slight discoloration on the lid and some scuffing. The hinge and catch work perfectly. The burgundy velvet lining is in great shape and the white silk top has some age spotting. There is a nice stamp from Deschler & Sohn München. The award itself is stunning, with a beautiful cornflower blue ribbon that does have its pinback. Excellent overall!
History: On January 30th, 1938, Hitler instituted the Faithful Service Decoration, in three classes, to recognize long-serving civil servants and public works personnel. All officials, employees, and laborers at any level of the public service (local, regional or national) who complete 25 or 40-years’ service were eligible. Previous time spent in civil service was considered as an eligibility, for example, if you served in any civil capacity during WWI, that time could be used to qualify you for this award as well. The second-class award was for 25 years of service was a silver cross, with a silver wreath and a black enameled swastika in the center of the cross. The first-class award was for 40 years of service was a gold cross, with a gold wreath and a black enameled swastika in the center of the cross. There was a special class for fifty years of continuous service with the same employer in the free economic system. The reverse of both classes was stamped with 'Für treue Dienste' (For faithful Services). The ribbon for the medal is cornflower blue. The decorations were intended to be an incentive for the civilian population to foster workplace loyalty and create a stable civil service.