Posted 3 years ago
I've had these two pieces since 1969. I was at a flea market in Waurika, Oklahoma, when I saw them in a case full of costume jewelry. The lady who had them for sale was an American NCO's wife who had recently returned from assignment in Germany. While I didn't know exactly what they were, I didn't think they were jewelry. I bought them and tried and failed to identify them. Then they were packed away for thirty-some-odd years. In the mean time, the internet was born, and identification was simplified. Together, they are the Bayerische Militarverdienstorder 1.Klasse mit Schwerten (Bavarian Military Merit Order, 1st Class, with Swords). The swords denote wartime award. They were awarded to general officers. The cross was worn at the neck, and the star was worn on the breast of the uniform. They were awarded from 1866 until the end of World War I. This set is constructed of solid gold and silver with white and translucent blue enamel.