H017289 LUFTWAFFE CLOTH GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD, 1941. (Deutsches Kreuz in Gold Stoffausführung)

BACKGROUND: The War Order of the German Cross was introduced on September 28TH 1941 in two classes of Gold and Silver. The Gold class Cross was awarded to military personnel for exceptional acts of bravery or achievement in combat while 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. On introduction of the award a cloth version was also authorized for wear with the color of the base material indicating which branch of service the cross was awarded to with a field-grey base for award to Heer and Waffen-SS personnel, a black base for Panzer personnel, a blue/grey base for Luftwaffe personnel and a navy blue base for Kriegsmarine personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: This hand embroidered example features a double, overlaid, eight point, sunburst pattern with the top, inner layer, sunburst in matte, brownish/grey, cotton threads, and the bottom, outer layer, in bright, silver/aluminum wire threads. The cross has a gilt washed, circular, stamped alloy, wreath with embossed laurel leaves and "ribbons" and a small banner with the impressed introduction date, "1941" to the bottom center. The wreath is identical to the wreaths utilized on the metal crosses. Both the inner and outer edges of the alloy wreath have fine, red thread borders with an additional fine, silver/aluminum thread border to the outer edge. The wreath encompasses an embroidered, canted, black swastika with a silver/aluminum thread outer border on a white rayon base. The cross is mounted on a cut-out, purplish, blue/grey cloth base (nap worn) indicating a Luftwaffe issue award. The reverse of the badge still has its original protective black fabric backing intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $775.00

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