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The German Cross is known by collectors today to be one of, if not the most, stunning and desirable award to have in their collection! We have here a German Cross in Gold by Zimmerman! The Gold German Cross was awarded to military personnel to recognize repeated acts (6-8) of bravery or exceptional command in combat. It is constructed out of a die struck, five piece construction, made of a; light cupal base, white aluminum core, gold gilded zinc wreath, and contains 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 then surrounded by a gold gilded zinc laurel leaf and ribbon wreath that is marked “1941” to the bottom and lies on a red enamel base. This is all then on a two piece backend and silvered eight point sunburst pattern backing. The full back reverse correctly shows; four embossed rivets, a soldered c-shaped catch, soldered sheet metal hinge (which are both on an oval base plate), and a solid tapered flatwire pin which is maker marked with a recessed “20” (Fritz Zimmermann, Stuttgart) to the interior. The cross features the correct: height, width, weight and die flaws. There is minor age wear to the aluminum core and a wee pin prick hole to the wreath but that’s about it. The gilding to the wreath is just beautiful, the dark black enamel on the swastika is 99%+ and the blacking and silver wash to the sun burst is wonderful! Overall it is in excellent condition with wonderful detail! This Gold German Cross also comes housed in its original case! The case is made of wood, pressed cardboard and shows a simulated, black grained leather covering, with one gold horizontal line to the exterior. The interior features a white satin (top) and black flock lining (bottom). The button and hinge both work well. The case has one corner piece missing but that’s it. The case is in excellent condition as well! This piece will truly be a prized position for your collection!
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