Condition: Near Mint
Maker: “21” – Gebrüder Godet
Base Metal: “900” Silver
Product Description: A near mint 3rd Class German Eagle Order with Swords. This German Eagle Order with Swords is stamped on it’s ring with the maker mark “21”, for the maker “Gebrüder Godet”, as well as the silver content stamp “900”. The original gilding over the silver base metal has maintained a very good appearance over the decades. The white enamel of the cross remains clean, and is without damage. The correct period ribbon is still originally attached to the medals suspension loop, and retains its original attaching pin hardware still originally sewn to the reverse of the ribbon. A near mint example of the 3rd Class German Eagle Order with Swords
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 their’s 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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