Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer by C.E. Juncker of Berlin. The Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge was awarded for a proven successful long distance operation on an Auxiliary Cruiser (or supply ships that supported them). It is constructed out of two-pieces of die struck tombak/nickel-silver that have been gold gilded/silver washed. The oval shaped obverse features a man standing in a Viking long ship, with its sail set, on a world globe, cruising on the globes Atlantic Ocean. This is all below a Kriegsmarine eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a swastika within its talons) and is surrounded by an oak leaf and acorn wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse shows a round head rivet, soldered on tombak block hinge, soldered on tombak round wire catch and a blackened nickel-silver coke bottle pin Wonderful detail, silvering and gilding remain! It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 2 ¼ inches tall. A great piece!
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