Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter 1. Stufe in Gold mit Etui by Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid. Introduced by December 16th 1938, The Honor Cross of the German Mother was awarded to mothers for exceptional merit to the German nation, who conceived and raised eight or more children and exhibited probity, exemplary motherhood. It is constructed out of a two-piece die struck tombak base that has been gold gilded and includes blue (translucent), black and white enamel work and has been finished in a protective lacquer coating. The obverse is in the form of a Christian cross and depicts; a centrally place static swastika, that is surrounded by “Der Deutschen Mutter” (The German Mother) and is in front of a sunburst pattern. The full-back reverse features a recessed: “16. December 1938” along with two styles of Hitlers facsimile signatures. The enamel work is rough and is missing a piece. The cross measures 1 13/16 inches tall by 1 7/16 inches wide. It also comes with a full-length rolled ribbon. The cross sits perfectly within its appropriate case. The case is constructed out of a wood and press cardboard base that has been covered with blue simulated leather. The interior of the top lid of the case is lined in white satin and has an underlying pad. It is also maker marked, in black ink: “Wilhelm Deumer Lüdenscheid”. The bottom interior of the case is made of a white velvet covered cardboard. The top features a pressed gold foil mothers cross. The closure button and hinge work well! The case shows age. The case measures 4 ½ inches long by 2 inches wide by 11/16 of an inch thick. An overall fine piece.
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