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GWM-0147-DB WW II German Cross in Gold With Original Case, Named (^1)

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #22723

We are offering this German Cross in Gold with original case. Condition is Very Good+ with great patina. Gold gilt on the wreath and the�enamel on the swastika are in great condition. Sunburst is very defined and in�Very Good condition. Rear of badge is also in Very Good+ condition including the catch and pin (which the underside�is marked 20) indicating the badge was manufactured by Zimmermann of Pforzheim, Germany after mid-1942.�It is of 4 rivet construction.�Named to�a�German soldier with both�first and last names.�No flaws observed on this piece.

The black case is in very good condition as well. There is wear throughout the exterior of the case with wear through the black at the corners. The black tape that connects the top to the bottom on the rear of the box has disconnected but the interior fabric still holds it together. The fabric is in very good+ condition.

The German Cross was issued in two divisions: gold and silver (the color of the laurel wreath around the swastika), the former being an award for repeated acts of bravery or repeated outstanding achievements in combat. The German Cross was unique in that the gold and silver divisions were considered as separate awards but were not to be worn simultaneously.

Article three of the law governing the German Cross states that a prerequisite for the presentation of the German Cross in Gold or Silver is the ownership of the Iron Cross (1939) 1st Class or the Clasp to the�Iron Cross�(1939) 1st Class, or the�War Merit Cross�1st Class with Swords.

Construction of this decoration is one of the most complex of all military decorations of the 3rd Reich.

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