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Instituted 1939

Known Makers No 1,No 3, No 14, No 50, No 52,No L/11 No L/21 No 98 No L/56

(CS1382) A rare example of a early quality War Merit Cross 1st Class Without Swords in it's Case of Issue. The case has it's outer card protector with the award's designation to it in black letters which has then protected the case making it virtually mint. The inside of the case on the white silk lid has the name Deschler & Sohn in black letters and the cross itself is still frosted and burnished and maker marked 1 to the reverse of the pin. It was one of those found last year in the possession of the Deschler family. Very nice near mint condition, that could not be bettered in my opinion. GBP 425.00 (UK Pounds)

(S502) An Early Silver War Merit Cross 1st Class Without Swords. This is the type with the plain flat bladed pin and has a separately applied hinge and hook soldered to the reverse. Then the piece has been nicely silver plated, frosted and burnished. There is some staining to the award as can be seen, which will probably clean off. However, I personally feel it is best to leave as it is. The 1st class without swords is considerably more rare than the 1st class with swords. GBP 150.00 (UK Pounds)

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