The Blue Max (Pour Le Merite) was instituted in 1740, and originally made of gold. This beautiful reproduction is gold plated with blue enamel to the front side and maintains the early pattern pie-shaped suspension of the 1832-1915 era. Award of the oak leaves originally indicated extraordinary achievement in battle, and was usually reserved for high-ranking officers. By World War I, the oak leaves often indicated a second or higher award of the Pour le Mérite. Includes 10" of neck ribbon.
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