A Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer - Variation 2 – in Carton by C. Schwerin & Sohn of Berlin. The Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge was awarded for a proven successful long distance operation on an Auxiliary Cruiser (or supply ships that supported them). It is constructed out of two-pieces of die struck zinc / aluminum that have been gold gilded / silver washed. 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 is correctly maker marked “Schwerin Berlin”. It also shows the correct; aluminum round head rivet, soldered on tombak barrel hinge, soldered on tombak round plate flatwire catch and steel coke bottle pin. The zinc has absorbed some of the finish. Wonderful detail! It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 2 ¼ inches tall. The badge comes housed in a cardstock carton. The carton is constructed out of pressed cardboard that has a decorative glued on paper covering. A great assembly!
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