German Cross in gold to Staffelkapitän 10./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" and later Gruppenkommandeur IV./Jagdgeschwader 51, Major Hans Knauth. Knauth took over the commander of Jagdgeschwader 101 on 11.9.1944 from his precursor Walter Nowotny fighter over Germany until 1945. Knauth was a Luftwaffe Me109 fighter pilot "ace" awarded the German Cross in gold on 29.04.1943 with 26 aerial victories.
Early German Cross in gold by Deschler. A well worn example with a thick and dark patina to the front and rear. Signs of wear and and chips to the enamel swastika.
"1" maker marked to the pin which shows a period time repair near the hinge. A piece of soldiering was added to stabilize the pin and hinge connection.