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Here we have a cased matching Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern by Klein & Quenzer A.G. of Idar-Oberstein. 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 has a stamped catch and hinge with a nickel-silver coke bottle pin. The silver wash is in beautiful condition! The award comes housed in its matching case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated, grained black leather. The very top features a silvered 1st class war merit cross with swords. The interior top lid is lined in pearl satin and has an underlying pad. The pad is marked “Klein & Quenzer A.G. Idar-Oberstein 1”. The bottom interior of the case is made of a black felt covered cardboard and outlines the pin, hinge and catch assembly. The case shows typical wear. The emblem is in great condition! A nice complete example!
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