A nice early Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse ohne Schwerter! The 1st Class War Merit Cross awarded for meritorious service behind the lines. It is constructed out of a die struck nickel-silver 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. The full back reverse shows a nickel-silver soldered on hinge, soldered on flat wire catch and coke bottle pin. The silver wash has nicely patinaed with age and it retains crisp detail! It measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide and tall. Cool piece!
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