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A Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold im Etui by 4 - Steinhauer & Luck of Lüdenscheid. The Gold Wound Badge, instituted September 1st 1939, was awarded for five or more times wounded, loss of limbs, total blindness, “loss of manhood”, or severe brain damage via hostile action. It is constructed out of a die struck nickel-silver base that has been gold gilded and polished. IMO the gold finished has been refinished. There is some silver coming through the swastika so it has the potential to have originally been silver as well. The oval shaped obverse depicts an embossed profile of a mobile swastika, above an M35 pattern helmet, which is above two crossed broad swords. This then lies on a pebbled field and is surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath which is tied together at the bottom with a bow tie. The full back reverse is marked “4” to the pin. It has the appropriate soldered on catch, block hinge and round wire pin. All components are non-magnetic and remain well-working condition. The badge measures approximately 1 3/4 inches high by 1 1/2 inches wide. It comes housed in its appropriate case. The case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated maroon leatherette. The interior base is covered in a sprayed on maroon fibrous felt material that outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The case measures 2 11/16 inches wide and long by 5/8 of an inch thick.
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