Rare NAZI 50 Year Faithful Service Award-Near excellent example with virtually all of the gold and silver finish intact and a black enameled swastika in the center. The silver on this example is slightly darkened near the top arm of the cross and on the sides of the cross on the reverse. This was awarded to civilians and political members for 50 years of faithful service to Germany. A number “50” is embossed on the top portion of the Geneva cross above the black enameled swastika. Complete with small section of cornflower blue ribbon. Pin functions perfectly. Very good shape!
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.