Oak Leaf. A component of a decoration usually bestowed in place of the decoration for a second, third, or more, instance; a higher class; or special citation. A palm leafor star is a similar component. They are oftentimes worn on the ribbon drape of the decoration, or on a separate ribbon bar. A British decoration with an oak leaf indicates a special citation was granted for gallantry. See bar, clasp, star, decorations.
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An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor