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Cased German Cross in Silver
Item #: German Cross in Silver
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Deutsches Kreuz in Silver by 1 - Deschler & Sohn. The German Cross in Silver was awarded to military and non-military personnel, who held the 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords, to recognize distinguished service in the execution of the war effort. It is constructed out of a die struck, five-piece construction, with a cupal base, white aluminum core, silver washed tombak wreath and red and black enamel work.

The obverse features a large centrally placed raised black enamel mobile swastika, on a smooth white/silver aluminum base, which is surrounded by a silvered tombak laurel leaf and ribbon wreath that is marked "1941" at the bottom and lies on a red enamel base. This is all on a two-piece backend and silvered eight-point sunburst pattern backing.

The full back reverse correctly shows; four tombak rivets, a soldered on round plate and flatwire catch, soldered on sheet metal hinge and a solid tapered long pin which is maker marked "1". Nice age patina. The enamel to the swastika shows minor cracking yet remains 98% intact. It measures 2 1/2 inches wide and tall. It weighs 70.5g. The cross comes housed in its original issue case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leatherette. To the front is a round gilded steel spring loaded closure button.

To the back is gilded tombak/steel piano bar hinge. The interior top lid is lined in pearl white satin and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that has been covered in a spay on black flocking and outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The case shows only minor scuffs and wear throughout. There were approximately 25,000 Gold German Crosses awarded and only 2,500 Silver Crosses.