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 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (DKiG) by Otto Klein & Co., Gmbh Hanau. 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., GmbH Hanau) maker mark, four rivets, a soldered on oval plate c-shaped catch, soldered on oval plate sheet metal hinge, and a solid tapered flatwire pin. Scratched into the back is “6th P?? SS Div”. There are solder marks, age fading and minor marks to the enamel. It measures approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and tall. Overall it is a great piece.
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