A beautiful private purchased Silber Spanien-Kreuz mit Schwertern by L/15 – Otto Schickle of Pforzheim. The Silver Spanish Cross with Swords was awarded to those who had at least moderate combat experience, having participated in decisive battles. It is a multi-piece construction made out of a die struck tombak base that has been silver washed with frosted highlights and was finished in a protective lacquer coating. The obverse depicts a convex pebbled Maltese style cross with two crossed broad swords and four Luftwaffe eagles to each corner, that has an encircled (separately soldered on) mobile swastika to the center. The full back concave reverse is LDO marked “L/15”, within a rectangular border. It also has a soldered on catch, soldered on block hinge and coke bottle pin, all of which are in well working condition. The detail and frosted highlights are superb! It measures approximately 2 3/16 inches wide and tall. The award comes housed in its appropriate minty case. It is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained blue leather. To the front is a multi-piece steel, rectangular spring loaded closure button. To the back is a steel, staggered, piano hinge that is covered in the simulated leather. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a blue fibrous felt material that outlines the pin, hinge and catch assembly. The interior top is constructed out of a blue silk-rayon like material and has an underlying pad. It has the odd mark but is in wonderful condition! The case measures approximately 3 inches wide by 3 1/8 inches deep and 1 inch thick. A great assembly, a gorgeous display piece!
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