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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 Cased example of a Deutsches Kreuz in Gold by Otto Klein & Co! 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 tombak 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 tombak 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; the centrally placed "134" (Otto Klein & Co., Hanau) maker mark, four rivets, a soldered c-shaped catch, soldered sheet metal hinge (which are both on an oval/rectangular base plate), and a solid tapered flatwire pin. The cross features the correct: height, width, weight and die flaws. There is only minor age fading to the aluminum 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 wonderful condition with wonderful detail! The award also comes housed in its original case! The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated, grained black leather. To the front is a round steel spring loaded closure button. To the back is steel based staggered bar hinge. The hinge and the closure button continue to function well. The interior top lid is lined in white silk and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is made of a black flocking covered cardboard with the hole to accept the pin, hinge and catch assembly. It has a gold line around the exterior top. Overall it is in beautiful condition with wonderful details! A prized piece available right now for your collection!
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