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German WWII Cased Third Reich War Merit Cross 1st Class w/o Swords

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German WWII Cased Third Reich War Merit Cross 1st Class w/o Swords-This decoration is choice! It retains the majority of its silver finish. There is nice toning to the frame and the color details of this award is quite handsome. It comes complete with its vintage black pebbled case, which shows only slight wear. This black leatherette case has the facsimile of the war merit cross embossed on the lid in silver. The case is also in excellent condition, with only some fading, but almost no scuffing or scratches. Very desirable example! 

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.