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WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class
  • WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class

WWII Cased Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1st Class

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£1,900.00


Product Description

A fine quality, early example of the cased Order of the German Eagle 1st Class with Swords by the maker Godet of Berlin.

It consists of a beautiful looking neck cross in silver gilt and enamels, marked 900 silver and with "21" representing the code maker number of renowned jewellers Godet. It has a fluted suspension ring, through which fits the red silk ribbon band, with white-black-white edges. In the middle of the cross are the cross swords that denote that this is an award to a military dignitary, as opposed to a civilian one. The award rest in a recess within the black velvet lined red leatherette box. The cream silk lining on the underside of the lid has the award name in German: Verdiestkreuz I. Stufe des Ordens vom Deutschen Adler mit Schwertern. On the outside lid is an embossed gold eagle and swastika. Condition is good, with some small damage to the enamel (touched up) of the cross and where the swords have been fitted. Early examples had the swords added afterwards, causing damage by the 2 pins to the enamel.

The Order of Merit of the German Eagle was a diplomatic and honorary award given to prominent foreigners, particularly diplomats, who were considered sympathetic to Nazism. It came in several classes, increasing as the war progressed. Between 1937 – 1943, it was presented in 6 classes.

Size cross: 51 x 79 x 6.5 mm (2 x 3.11 x 0.25 inches)
Size case: 15 x 18 x 2.7 cm (5 7/8 x 7 x 11/16 inches)
Weight: 273g

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