1st Class Eagle Order with Swords Cased

Condition: Excellent +

Maker: 21 – Godet

SKU: E0075 Categories , Tags ,


Product Description: This Cased 1st Class Eagle Order with Swords is a very rare and extremely desirable piece, that could be the highlight of an advanced collection of Third Reich awards. The medal is outstanding, with perfect, beautiful white enamel on both sides. It shows little or no signs of wear. The original finish is intact, with typical, attractive age toning to the silver. The suspension ring on the Cased 1st Class Eagle Order is marked “900” indicating the silver content of the award, and is also stamped “21” indicating manufacture by the jewler firm Godet, a premier manufacturer of top quality awards. This award is complete with the original large ribbon ring as well as the original neck ribbon. The ribbon is complete, with the narrow ties for fastening it around the wearer’s neck intact. It shows typical, slight age toning, but no notable wear. The award is still housed in its original, deluxe case of issue. The outside of the case is covered with red leather, which retains its bright original color. The lid of the case features an embossed German eagle and swastika emblem, in gold leaf, which remains nearly 100 percent intact. The red leather case exterior does show some scattered scuffs and other marks as well as handling wear to the leather. The hinges and closure clasp on the case are intact and functional. The interior of the case is near mint, and very clean. The white silk lining inside the lid is marked with the designation of the award, “Deutscher Adlerorden I. Stufe mit Schwertern.” The insert for the neck cross and ribbon is covered with perfect black velvet. This Cased 1st Class Eagle Order is of the highest quality, and has tremendous visual impact. The condition rates a strong excellent.



Historical Description: The Order of the German Eagle was established in May 1937. It was intended to supply a diplomatic order for award to foreign nationals. The Award consisted of five classes and a silver medal of merit. A unique class of the Grand Cross the German Eagle Order in Gold with Diamonds was presented to Benito Mussolini. In 1939, a few modifications were made to the design. Swords could be added to each award for military merit, the award was then approved for German nationals, and a special award of the Grand Cross in Gold was instituted. In 1943, the Order was reorganized into seven classes with both a silver and a bronze medal of merit. Three known manufacturers produced the awards, and two manufacturers produced the merit medals. Each manufacturer can be identified by the differentiating eagles mounted between the arms of the cross. Deschler & Sohn produced awards marked “900” and “Silber”. Earlier awards made by “Gebruder Godet & Co.” marked theirs with just “900”, and in 1943 changed to the “900” & “21” marks. C.F. Zimmerman produced awards marked “900” or are unmarked. Merit medals are marked either “835 Pr. Munze Berlin” or “835 Pr. Munze Wien”.


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