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A Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold im LDO Etui. 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 tombak base that has been gold gilded, polished and finished in a protective lacquer coating. 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 features a soldered on catch, 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 LDO case. The case is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated black leatherette. The interior base is covered in a pearl fibrous felt material that outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The interior top reads, in black: “LDO” within an oval and rectangular border. The interior paper hinge is torn. Minor scuffs to the exterior. The case measures 2 11/16 inches wide and long by 5/8 of an inch thick. The construction is typical of Hauptmunzamt of Wien. A great pair!
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