German WWII German Cross in Gold by S&L-This is a textbook example of an unmarked German Cross in Gold by the firm of Steinhauer and Lück. It weighs just under 50 grams which puts it in the textbook range for badges by this maker. It is a very nice example, with no enamel damage, there are some slight discolorations on the silver plate behind the swastika. The beautiful sunburst backing has brass highlights showing which add to its attractiveness. The reverse is textbook for this company and has four hollowed out rivets holding the pieces in place. There is the usual discoloration to the reverse, the pin functions perfectly. Overall, near excellent example.
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.