Erinnerungszeichen an den 60.Geburtstag von Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern
Bavarian Crown Prince Rupprecht 60th Jubilee Commemorative Badge
Unofficial private wearable badge was instituted on May 18, 1929 by the last crown prince of Bavaria field marshal Rupprecht Maria Luitpold Ferdinand von Wittelsbach (18.05.1869-02.08.1955) in conjunction with his 60th jubilee.
Having lost his chance to rule Bavaria in 1918 Rupprecht nevertheless never renounced his rights to the throne of the kingdom. He enjoyed considerable support of Bavarian population throughout post-WWI era until his demise in 1955. Some royalists even referred to him as the king of Bavaria.
Erinnerungszeichen an den 60.Geburtstag von Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern was presented to officers and members of Bavarian patriotic associations who paid visit to the palace during jubilee celebrations as well as to the close entourage of the crown prince and court dignitaries.
The badge was designed by the famous Bavarian artist and engraver professor Julius Diez (18.09.1870 – 15.05.1957).
Bavarian Crown Prince Rupprecht 60th Jubilee Commemorative Badge has a vertical oval shape topped with a royal crown. Large letter “R” against a traditional Bavarian background (i.e. oblique fusils) is situated in the centre of an obverse and is encircled by a laurel wreath tied by a ribbon at its bottom.
A reverse is plain and carries a date of an institution of the badge, “18•5•1929”.
The badge was attached by a vertical pin and catching hook soldered to its reverse.
Erinnerungszeichen an den 60.Geburtstag von Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern had a size of 45x25 mm, weighed 16,2 g and was made of gilt bronze. 23 mm miniatures worn on long needle pins were manufactured as well.