A Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer by Friedrich Orth of Wein. It was awarded for a proven successful long distance operation on an Auxiliary Cruiser (or supply ships that supported them). It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that have been gold gilded and black burnished. The oval shaped obverse features a man standing in a Viking long ship, with its sail set, on a world globe, cruising on the globes Atlantic Ocean. This is all below a Kriegsmarine eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a swastika within its talons) and is surrounded by an oak leaf and acorn wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse shows the correct; tombak soldered/crimped on round wire “question mark” shaped catch, soldered on tombak sheet metal hinge (with steel hinge pin) and steel round pin. The zinc has absorbed the majority of the finish. Wonderful detail! It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 2 ¼ inches tall. A nice piece!
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