Typically when an officer was presented the Orden Pour le Mérite especially if this came from the hands of Kaiser Wilhelm II he would put it away for fear of damaging it or even losing it. At that point he might go to a jeweler and buy another example for daily wear. Or sometimes after the end of the war in the 1920’s he might acquire another example for the same reason as when he was in uniform, it was required that he wear the PLM. Thus in either case these might be referred to as a jewelers or wearers copy and not a presentation PLM.
Too often in our hobby too many people will refer to ANY PLM as a presentation piece. We at Der Rittmeister Militaria NEVER do this. Without proper attribution we refer to them as replacements. Proper documentation in the form of an award document (Urkunde) or documentation from the family must in our view accompany any PLM to be considered an issue piece.
This example is of the pre 1917 style. The examples after 1917 had a pie slice suspension area. The pre 1917 is a more delicate and elegant style. The enamel on our offering is in excellent condition. Both on the obverse and reverse and there are no signs of chipping or cracking.
The presentation case is black leatherette and is rounded at one end. The snap closure and button work properly. The upper lid is lined in a high quality white silk. The bottom half is black velvet. It has two fitted enclosures. One is for the decoration (Which fits snugly in its place.) And the other is for the black and silver ribbon which is made of silk. This is a full and complete ribbon which has the correct ties for securing the decoration around the neck. You can also see where the PLM was actually worn on the ribbon from the indention on the ribbon.
The jump ring has what appears to be 938 engraved followed by a few letters RW?