Hanseatenkreuz- Hamburg im Etui. The Hanseatic Cross was founded in 1915, jointly sponsored by the three Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck. It was awarded for military and civilians who aided in the 1914-1918 war efforts. It is constructed out of a two-piece die struck silvered copper with red translucent enamel work. The obverse features a centrally placed Hamburg coat of arms above a translucent red backing and pattée style cross. The reverse displays a centrally placed “Für Verdienst im Kriege 1914” (For Merit in the War 1914), above a pattée style cross. To the top is a soldered on loop and double ring. It measures 1 9/16 inches square. Accompanying the award is a 4 ¾ inches of red and white rayon ribbon and a Hamburg flag insignia. The flag insignia is brass based and gilded with red translucent enamel work. All of this comes housed in its original issue cardstock based and white lacquered paper case. The top features an impressed gold foil Hamburg coat of arms within a shield. The interior cloth hinge has been restored with an added cloth portion. It measures 4 5/8 inches deep by 2 9/16 inches wide by ¾ of an inch thick. There is some writing to the bottom. A unique group!
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