German WWII Cased German Cross by Otto Klein-This is just about as close to perfect an example as you can find available on the internet. It is a textbook offering throughout with all of the measurements, weights and characteristics of this manufacturer. The enamel in the swastika as well as the silver backing is in near flawless condition, and the starburst retains virtually 100% of its finish. The center of the reverse of the badge has the contract number awarded to this company which is the number 134 incised into the center of the reverse. The pin assembly functions perfectly. The matching case is also in near excellent condition with approx. 80% of the gold stripe intact. The setup in the reverse is a double hinge mechanism. The closure button functions properly. The interior of the lid is the off-white silk and the base of the case is in black felt; which does show some light wear. This would be very difficult to improve upon.
History: The War Order of the German Cross was introduced by Adolf Hitler on September 28th, 1941 in two classes of Gold and Silver. The Gold Class was awarded to military personnel for exceptional acts of bravery or achievement in combat. The Silver Class was awarded for distinguished acts of service in the war effort. Criteria for bestowal of either Cross included that the recipient must first have been awarded the 1939 Iron Cross 1st class or the 1939 Bar to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st class.