H018880 WAR MERIT CROSS 1ST CLASS WITHOUT SWORDS. (Kriegsverdienstkreuz I ohne Schwerter)

BACKGROUND: The War Merit Cross was instituted on October 18TH 1939, in two classes, with both classes issued with and without swords, for award to military personnel and civilians, including females and foreigners, for exemplary service and/or bravery in Germany’s war effort, in a non-combatant role. The addition of swords to the award signified bravery while awards without swords were bestowed for service. Of Note: The War Merit cross series of awards was expanded on August 19TH 1940, to include a Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross for award to personnel who had provided a substantial contribution to the war effort and the War Merit Medal for award to German nationals and foreign civilians who provided exceptional service to the war effort.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, nice quality, nickel/silver plated, die struck alloy award is in the form of a Maltese style cross with a circular centerpiece with an embossed, canted, swastika encircled by an oak-leaf wreath to the obverse. The background field of the obverse centerpiece is smooth while the arms of the cross have a pebbled background field with raised, smooth, outer edges. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. The reverse of the pin is well marked with embossed manufacturer's numerical code, "4", indicating manufacture by Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $159.00

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