A Ehrenzeichen für Deutsche Volkspflege 3. Stufe im Etui by Gebr. Godet & Co. of Berlin. This was awarded for merits in the field of the People’s Welfare, the Winter Relief, the care of the sick and wounded in peace and war, the rescue, the maintenance of German nationality and the care of German national comrades abroad. The award is constructed out of a two-piece die stamped tombak base that had been gold fire gilded with black and white enamel work and finished in a clear protective lacquer coating. The obverse features a gold outlined white Greek style cross behind a black national eagle clutching a gold wreathed black mobile swastika in its talons. The full back reverse is gold. Attached to the top is a soldered loop and ring. It measures 1 9/16 inches square. You can see the original lacquer coating to the white arms. Housed in the lid is 10 inches of the appropriate red and white rayon ribbon. Accompanying the award and ribbon is the original issue case. The case is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard, with a simulated, grained, red leatherette covering. The top features a pressed gold foil thin lined border. To the front is a brass base red enamel painted “mushroom head” spring loaded, closure button. To the back is a brass, staggered, internal piano hinge, with a steel hinge pin. Both the hinge and push button continue to work well. The interior lid of the case is lined in a blue satin and has an underlying pad. The top has a separate belt/stip which reads, in gold foil “Ehrenzeichen für deutsche Volkspflege 3. Stufe”. The bottom interior of the case is made of a blue velvet material that outlines the award. The bottom of the case is maker marked: “Gebr. Godet Berlin & Co. Berlin W8 Charlottenstr. 55”. It shows the odd scuff and the interior hinge is slightly torn. The case measures 2 9/16 wide by 2 13/16 long by 1 wide. A complete piece that is in beautiful condition!
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