1st Class Order of the German Eagle with Swords (Deutsche Adlerorden 1. Klasse mit Schwertern) Sash and Eight Point Star in Issue Case 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. Both the star and sash cross are constructed out of die struck 900 silver content base that have been silver gilded and contains white enamel work all behind a protective lacquer coating. The obverse of both the sash cross and star features a Maltese style white cross that has four national eagles (Hoheitszeichen) between each arm of the cross behind two crossed broad swords. The star includes an eight pointed emanating background. The reverse of the sash cross is the same as the obverse, without the swords. The reverse of the star correctly features two rivets, a hinge, catch and pin assembly. Both pieces marked “900 21” (silver content designation | Gebr. Godet & Co. Berlin), the star is marked on the pin and the sash cross on the ring. The sash cross has some enamel damage right below the middle of the swords. The star measures 80mm wide and tall. The sash cross measures 50mm wide and tall. The sash cross is attached to a 185cm long red, white and black rayon bow tie sash. It has some spoilage and mothing spots. Both are housed in their appropriate issue 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 National eagle and an exterior thin gold line border. To the front are two gilded tombak/steel closure clasps. To the back are two piano hinges that are covered in the simulated leather. The exterior shows scuffs, pressure marks and gilt loss. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of two pieces of pressed cardboard that are covered in a thick black fibrous felt material. It has a separate removable portion with two round recessed portions for both awards and the underlying base for the ribbon. I believe that the reverse leather portion has been restored and there is the possibility that the felt has been re-covered as well. The interior top is constructed out of a pearl satin material with, in gold: “Deutscher Adlerorder 1 Klasse mit Schwertern” in front of an underlying pad. The case measures approximately 192mm wide by 280 mm deep and 47mm thick. Extremely rare…
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