Cased Third Reich War Merit Cross 1st Class w/Swords by Deumer-This decoration is in good condition and is marked number “3” on the back of the badge indicating that it was produced by the firm of Wilhelm Deumer. The finish is completely missing from this example with the exception of the pin and hardware. The original case shows minor wear. This has a facsimile of the war merit cross embossed on the lid in silver. Priced to sell!
History: The War Merit Cross was instituted in October 1939, in two classes with both classes issued, with and without swords. These were awarded to military personnel and civilians, including females and foreigners, for exemplary service and/or bravery in Germany’s war effort, in a non-combatant role. The addition of swords to the award signified bravery while awards without swords were bestowed for service.