Product Description: A beautiful, and quite scarce, German Eagle Order Breast Star without Swords by Godet. Made out of a base of “900” silver, the award is in overall excellent condition. The silver star exhibits a very fine patina on the obverse rays, with the reverse showing slight patina build up near the hardware attachments. The high quality hardware on the reverse of the cross is in completely intact and without any repairs. The pin is marked both “900” for the medals silver content, as well as the PKZ number “21” for the firm Gebruder Godet. Godet is a well known manufacturer of some of the highest quality awards during the Third Reich, to include the elite Oakleaves to the Knights Cross. Two hollow dome rivets securely hold the white enameled star in place. The obverse white enamel star is in near mint condition, with no damage or chips to the professionally executed enamel work. Four separate gilded silver eagles, with white enameled swastika backgrounds, are delicately soldered to the edges of the center white enamel star. A set of gilded silver crossed swords finish off this German Eagle Order Breast Star nicely. The swords are securely in place with no movement at all. This is rare opportunity to own an extremely nice and scarce German Eagle Order Breast Star without Swords by Godet.
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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