The Measurements

By popular demand.... We have assemble some basic information on the measure ment details of the Pour le Mérite medal.

There are two authors that we have discovered that give information about the dimensions of the Pour le Mérite. The basics will be provided here. If you would like more in depth information, you may wish to purchase their books or find them in your local library. (History of the Blue Max by David Edkins and The History of the Prussian Pour le Mérite Order Vol. III by William E. Hammelman.)

Throughout the Order's history the medal has gone through transformations with minor variations in medal construction. These variations are caused by the usage of different metals ranging from gold to bronze alloys, which according to Hammelman would affect the size outcome due to shrinkage during casting and cooling stage along with the fact that each medal was handcrafted by one individual, so the amountof metal removed during the polishing process would also vary. This is why it is so important for the avid collector to be well educated about these size differences. It is also important to note that the enamel color could also vary along with the level of detail on the eagles. Even the text and the crown on the front of the medal does vary. So when it comes to the Pour le Mérite medal, there are no absolutes.

Pour le Mérite Jewelers according to Edkins


Jeweler Names
Wagner of Berlin
Rothe of Vienna
Godet of Berlin
Jeweler Marks
"W" (unsubstantiated)
No mark
"J.G.", "J.G.&S.", "J. Godet"
Across
52 mm
56 mm
52 mm
Thickness
2 mm
2 mm
3 mm
Suspension
Baroque style
filled semi circle
plain wire loop


William Hammelman has a very detailed set of charts and drawings showing the various sizes and lengths of almost every aspect of the medal's design. Now if I were to post all that information here, I think Mr. Hammelman might get kinda annoyed with me, so I will select the most basic information and if more detailed information is needed, you will have to obtain the Vol. III book. All of the measurements are done in millimeters. The two charts below refer directly to the drawing.

Pour le Mérite Measurements according to Hammelman

Comparative measurements 1-6 wedge or pie shaped suspension 7-1 with Oakleaves

Points of Measurement
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
#11
A
Total length of Cross
51.0
56.5
51.0
50.0
52.5
55.0
53.0
50.0
49.5
49.0
52.0
B
Total width of Cross
51.8
56.0
51.0
50.0
52.5
56.0
52.5
49.0
50.0
49.0
51.9
C
Total length of Arms
56.0
60.0
53.5
53.5
57.5
60.0
57.2
53.0
54.0
52.8
55.5
D
Length of R. top Arm
27.0
29.0
16.0
26.0
27.0
27.0
27.5
25.0
25.0
25.0
26.0
E
Width of bottom Arm
22.0
24.0
19.5
21.0
22.5
23.0
22.5
20.0
20.0
20.0
19.5


Comparative measurements 1-7 Baroque Suspension 5, 6, and 7 with Oakleaves

Points of Measurement
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7*
A
Total length of Cross
53.0
52.5
56.0
51.2
53.0
53.0
54.2
B
Total width of Cross
52.5
53.2
56.0
51.0
53.2
53.4
53.8
C
Total length of Arms
56.0
57.5
58.5
55.5
56.5
57.0
57.5
D
Length of R. top Arm
26.0
26.0
28.0
26.5
27.0
27.0
27.0
E
Width of bottom Arm
20.0
20.0
20.0
21.5
19.5
20.0
20.0
* - Gold badge marked "Godet"


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