A Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern by 43 - Julius Bauer Sohne of Zella Mehlis/Thür. The War Merit Cross with swords was awarded to military personnel for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty (which needed not occur while facing the enemy). The award is constructed out of a die struck nickel-silver base that has been silver washed. The obverse depicts a centrally placed mobile swastika that is surrounded by an oak leaf wreath, which is tied together at the top and bottom, and is above a pebbled Maltese style cross that has two crossed broad swords coming out of its corners. The full back reverse is maker marked on the pin: “43” Julius Bauer Sohne, Zella Mehlis/Thür.). It also has a soldered on flat wire catch, soldered on block hinge and a flat wire pin. It measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide and tall. A nice rare maker marked one.
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