Imperial Hamburg Hanseatic Cross- The Hanseatic Cross (Hanseatenkreuz) was a military decoration of the three Hanseatic city states of Bremen, Hamburg and Lübeck, who were members of the German Empire during World War I. Each republic established its own version of the cross, but the design and award criteria were similar for each. The Hanseatic Cross was jointly instituted by agreement of the senates of the three cities, with each senate ratifying the award on different days. The Lübeck version was established first, on August 21, 1915. The Hamburg version followed on September 10 and the Bremen version on September 14. The cross was awarded for merit in war, and could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel. When awarded for bravery or combat merit, it was the three cities' equivalent of the Prussian Iron Cross. The enamel has a chip in the 3 o’clock arm. The reverse has the script Für Verdienste Im Kriege 1914. Good condition!