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Here we have a Cased example of a Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold by Carl Wild of Hamberg. The Gold Wound Badge, instituted September 1st 1939, was awarded for five or more times wounded, loss of limbs, total blindness, “loss of manhood”, or severe brain damage via hostile action. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc-alloy base that has been gold gilded and finished in a lacquer coating. The oval shaped obverse depicts an embossed profile of a mobile swastika, above an M35 pattern helmet, which is above two crossed broad swords. This then lies on a pebbled field and is surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath which is tied together at the bottom with a bow tie. The full back reverse is maker marked: “107” (Carl Wild, Hamberg), in an oval and has the appropriate integral catch, integral hinge and steel round wire pin. All components remain well-working condition. The gold gild is 85%+ intact! The badge measures approximately 1 3/4 inches high by 1 1/2 inches wide. The award comes housed in its original case. The case is constructed out of pressed cardboard, with a simulated, grained, maroon leather covering. The bottom interior of the case is made of a pressed cardboard with maroon felt and has a hole that outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The exterior shows the common pressure marks and scuffs. It also shows a small tear to the hinge pressure points. is in good condition. The case measures approximately 2 5/8 inches long and wide by 5/8 of an inch tall. A great assembly!
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