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1957 Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross, Maker Marked '41'
A really lovely example of a 1957 issued Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords within its case of issue. The cross is as issued retaining all of its finish, most likely not worn as the post war servicemen began to favour the use of ribbon bars and dress miniatures rather than the full size awards. The cross is maker marked '41' (Gebruder Bender - Idar-Oberstein a.d. Nahe) on the front of the medal ring and '800' on its reverse, complete with its ribbon, which is clean. The case is near mint with minimal sign of handling. The inside of the case has a velvet like black base that the ribbon and cross rest on. A scarce award even as a 1957 issue especially being made on wartime dies.

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