An excellent piece! The War Merit Cross with swords was awarded to military personnel for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty. The award is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that has been silver washed. The obverse depicts a centrally placed mobile swastika that is surrounded by an oak leaf wreath, which is tied together at the top and bottom, and is above a pebbled Maltese style cross that has two crossed broad swords coming out of its corners. The full back reverse has a stamped catch and hinge with a straight nickel-silver pin. The pin is maker marked “62” (Kerbach & Oesterhelt, Dresden) to the underside. The silver wash was completely absorbed by the zinc. It measures 1 15/16 inches wide and tall. It retains crisp detail!
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