A Deutsches Kreuz in Gold im Etui by “20” - Fritz Zimmermann of Stuttgart. The Gold German Cross was awarded to military personnel to recognize repeated acts (6-8) of bravery or exceptional command in combat. It is constructed out of a die struck, five piece construction, made of a; light cupal base, white aluminum core, gold gilded tombak wreath, and contains red and black enamel work. The obverse features a large centrally placed raised black enamel mobile swastika, on a smooth white/silver aluminum base, which is then surrounded by a gold gilded tombak laurel leaf and ribbon wreath that is marked “1941” to the bottom and lies on a red enamel base. This is all then on a two piece backend and silvered eight point sunburst pattern backing. The full back reverse correctly shows; four rivets, a soldered on oval plate c-shaped catch, soldered on oval plate sheet metal hinge, and a solid tapered flatwire pin. Underneath the pin it is PKZ marked: “20”. There is age fading to the aluminum core and high points. The enamel work and details are beautiful! It measures approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and tall. The cross comes housed in its original issue case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leatherette. To the front is a round steel spring loaded closure button. To the back is steel piano bar hinge. The interior top lid is lined in pearl white velvet and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that has been covered in a spay on black fibrous felt and outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The exterior has a gold line. The case shows only minor scuffs to the exterior and the odd soilage spot to the interior. Overall it is in beautiful condition with wonderful details! The German Cross is known by collectors today to be one of, if not the most, stunning and desirable award to have in their collection! Why not let today be the day for you to get one?!
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