Military Cross Ist Class Croix Militaire, 1ère classe RARE
Military Cross Croix Militaire
Instituted 11th February 1885 as a long and faithful service decoration for commissioned officers. In two classes, the first class - for 25 years service - is identified by a rosette on the ribbon.
Description: A gilt finish bath cross with the arms in filled with black enamel. Crossed swords are positioned between the arms of the cross. Suspension is by means of a pivoting crown and ring. The obverse central medallion depicts the Belgian lion rampant, the reverse medallion bears the royal monogram. The WW1 Croix de Guerre was modelled on this decoration. Black enamel Maltese cross with ball-tipped finials and with crossed swords between the arms, on swivel crown suspension; the face a central circular medallion bearing the lion rampant of Belgium within a beaded border; the reverse with a central circular medallion bearing the cipher of King Leopold II within a beaded border; slight contact marks to the enamel; on possibly original ribbon with rosette denoting a First Class award. The Military Cross was instituted on 11 February 1885 and is awarded for 25 years continuous loyal military service. Approximately 300 crosses are awarded each year in two classes; this very good example is of the rarer First Class.