A 1939 Das Verdienstkreuz des Ordens vom Deutschen Adler 2. Stufe mit Schwerter by Gebruder Godet & Co of Berlin – “21”. The Order of Merit of the German Eagle, was instituted May 1st 1937 (Reorganized April 29th 1939 and December 27th 1943), and was awarded by Hitler predominantly 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 base that has been gold fire gilded, contains white enamel work and is finished in a lacquer coating. The obverse features two crossed broad swords in front of a Maltese style white cross that has four national eagles (Hoheitszeichen) between each of the crosses arms. The full back reverse has a center rivet, a soldered on block hinge with semi-circular plate, a c-shaped catch and a banjo style pin. The pin is correctly marked “21 900”. All of the components continue to work well. It measures 49mm wide and tall. There is the slightest crack to the enamel work below the center of the swords and one scuff to the top arm. It has beautiful enamel work, gilding and detail! 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 gilded steel closure clasp. To the back is a 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 thick black velvet. It has a round recessed portion for the award and hinge, pin and catch assembly. The interior top is constructed out of a pearl silk material with, in gold: “Deutscher Adlerorden II. Stufe mit Schwertern” behind an underlying pad. It shows minor age scuffs throughout The case measures approximately 107mm wide and deep and 23mm thick. A beautiful assembly, available for you today!
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