A Cruz de Guerra con Caja - Type I Spanish War Cross Breast Star in Issue Case by Industrias Egaña Motrico (Guipuzcoa). This was instituted on January 26, 1937, amended in 1942, and awarded to the Nationalist military personnel who defeated Republican forces at the Civil War. It is a multi-piece construction made of burnished nickel-silver and gilded tombak with multi-colored enamel work. The obverse features a centrally placed gold rose (on a blue oval backing) surrounded by quadrants of two rampant lions (on white backings) and two castles (on red pebbled translucent backing), which is surrounded by, in gold: “Al Merito En Campana” (on a lined translucent blue backing), encircled by a laurel and berry wreath that has four arrows coming out of it, which has two rampant lions (left and right), a castle (lower) and a crown and bar (top) on each arrow, with sword handles in between each arrow, that all lies on a pebbled eight pointed star. The full back reverse features five rivets, a soldered on tapered hinge, oval rectangular wire catch and sturdy flat wire pin. All of the components remain in well working condition. Beautiful dark patina, enamel work and gold/silver contrast. It measures 2 3/8 inches wide and tall. The award comes housed in its original issue case. The case is constructed out of a pressed paper base that has been folded, glued together and covered in a white and dark maroon lacquered paper covering. The interior lid features a purple maker mark stamp. The lid has been glued back to shape as it was flattened. It shows age. The case measures 2 7/8 inches wide and deep by 1 1/8 inches thick. A very rare case to find!
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