N013589 MOTHER'S CROSS IN SILVER. (Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter in Silbur)

BACKGROUND: The Motherís Cross was introduced by Adolf Hitler on December 16TH 1938 as part of a large propaganda campaign aimed at increasing the birth rate. The award was officially designated, Honor Cross of the German Mother, and was instituted in three grades to recognize and reward child bearing German females. The three grades consisted of the bronze cross for bearing four or five children, the silver cross for bearing six or seven children and the gold cross for bearing eight or more children. Criteria for the award included that the parents be of pure German blood, and that the mother was worthy of such an honor. On its introduction the cross had the impressed inscription to reverse, "Das kind adelt die Mutter", (The child ennobles the mother), but this was inexplicably changed sometime in 1939. Bestowal of the cross was accompanied by an award certificate, a cash incentive for each child born and a miniature cross for everyday wear, with the actual cross being reserved for formal or ceremonial occasions. Of Note: Members of all youth organizations were required to salute wearers of the Motherís Cross.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A second pattern, two piece, die stamped tombak award with silver wash finish and blue and white enamel work. The award is in the form of a Christian cross in blue enamel with a white enamel border, both outlined in silver. Between each arm of the cross are five-ray projections in silver. The central circular field has a white enamel base upon which is a black static swastika, outlined in silver, and encompassed by a silver surround with the embossed Latin script, "Der Deutschen Mutter" (The German Mother). The reverse has the stamped simulated handwritten script, "16 Dezember 1938," and a facsimile of Hitlerís signature. It comes with it original ribbed rayon blue and white striped ribbon.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $95.00

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