Six Rivet, Long Pin - Deutsches Kreuz in Silber by Deschler & Sohn of München. When I got this piece the swastika was not on. It had evidence of it being glued on at one point and so I super glued it back on. Most people would never know, but I know so I tell you. The German Cross in Silver was awarded to military and non-military personnel, who held the 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords, to recognize distinguished service in the execution of the war effort. It is constructed out of a die struck, five piece construction, with a; cupal base, white aluminum core, silver washed tombak wreath and 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 surrounded by a silvered tombak laurel leaf and ribbon wreath that is marked “1941” to the bottom and lies on a red enamel base. This is all on a two piece backend and silvered eight point sunburst pattern backing. The full back reverse correctly shows; six rivets, a soldered on rectangular wire catch, soldered on sheet metal hinge and a solid tapered flatwire long pin. This piece shows evidence of cleaning. The enamel to the swastika is 99%. It measures approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and tall. It weighs 66g. There were approximately 25,000 Gold German Crosses awarded and only 2,500 Silver ones. A desirable award in any condition...
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