A 1st Class Order of the German Eagle – Neck Cross (1939-43 Verdienstkreuz des Ordens vom Deutschen Adler - 1. Stufe) in Issue Case by Gebr. Godet & Co. of Berlin. The Order of Merit of the German Eagle, was instituted May 1st 1937, and was awarded by Hitler to foreign nationals who had made a meritorious contribution to the German Reich on the recommendation of the Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs. It is constructed out of a multi-piece die struck 900 silver content base that has been gold fire gilded and contains white enamel work all behind a protective lacquer coating. The obverse features a Maltese style white cross that has four national eagles (Hoheitszeichen) between each arm of the cross. The reverse is the same as the obverse. To the top is a fan, a “900” (silver content designation) marked integral ring and a lined suspension loop. The award measures 50mm wide. Through the loop is a 20 ½ inch long tri-color (red, white and black) rayon ribbon with two smaller stitched on 8 inch long red rayon ribbon tie pieces. There are a few pin prick holes throughout the ribbon where it would have been attached to a uniform. The award comes housed in its appropriate case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a smooth red simulated leather. To the very top is a gold National eagle and an exterior thin line border. To the front is a tombak/steel closure clasp. To the back are two piano hinges that are covered in the simulated leather. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a thick black fibrous felt material. It has a round recessed portion for the award and a rectangular one for the ribbon. The interior top is constructed out of a pearl silk material with, in gold: “Verdienstkreuz I. Stufe des Ordens vom Deutchen Adler” behind an underlying pad. It shows wear, soil and age throughout. The case measures approximately 5 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/8 inches deep and 1 ¼ inch thick. A great assembly, available for you today!
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