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Here we have a Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern by Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid. The War Merit Cross with swords was awarded to military personnel for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty (which needed not occur while facing the enemy). 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 is maker marked: “3” (Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid ). It also has a soldered on round plate round wire catch, soldered on rectangular plate block hinge and a coke bottle pin. Some of the silver wash remains intact. It measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide and tall. It retains crisp detail!
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