A Verdienstkreuz des Ordens vom Deutschen Adler 1. Stufe mit Schwertern im Etui 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 behind two crossed broad swords. The reverse is the same as the obverse, with the exception of the swords. To the top is a fan, a “900” (silver content designation) marked integral ring and a lined suspension loop. The enamel work is 99.9%! Beautiful detail especially to the eagles. The award measures 50mm wide. Through the loop is a 16 inch long tri-color (red, white and black) rayon ribbon. 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 foil National eagle and an exterior thin line border. To the front is a gilded 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 velvet material with, in gold: “Verdienstkreuz I. Stufe des Ordens vom Deutchen Adler mit Schwertern” behind an underlying pad. It is quite rare to find the cases with the script "mit Schwertern" and the award with swords as often the awards with swords came in a non "mit Schwertern" case as well. It shows scuffs 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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