War Merit Cross First Class with Swords Cased by Kerbach & Österhelt

Original War Merit Cross First Class with Swords by Kerbach & Österhelt, constructed in silvered tombac.  The reverse has a barrel hinge with a banjo-style pin with flat wire catch, the inside of the pin is stamped “62” for Kerbach & Österhelt, Dresden, and measures 48.85 mm (w) x 48.58 mm (h).   The decoration also comes complete with the original presentation case, the exterior is covered in black leatherette embossed with the award in silver, and the interior lid is lined with white ryon, with the markers mark, and a cardboard base lined in felt to slot in the award.  The outer case has a few minor scuffs and the award has no damage or repairs in good condition.

Product ID: 6939


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The War Merit Cross, with Swords 1st Class Medal, was Instituted to replace the non-combatant version of the Iron Cross,

The medal was awarded to military personnel for bravery not necessarily in the face of the enemy or for exceptional service in battle.  Initially, the Cross consisted of only two classes, 1st, and 2nd, but as the needs arose the War Merit Medal and War Merit Cross were introduced.

All grades except for the War Merit Medal include an eight-pointed Maltese cross, with a pair of military-style swords to denote the combatant category, which has no swords but was otherwise identical.

The War Merit Cross 1st Class, with Swords, was awarded to military troops whose acts of courage were above the call of duty, which did not meet the criteria of the Iron Cross.  These acts of bravery were generally not under combat operations and were eligible to all military arms without the distinction of rank.


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