49th Contemporary History Auction

Bidding on 1919 lots has ended on 15th May 2022. 83% of all lots sold

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German Eagle Order - 2nd Class

German Eagle Order - 2nd Class

LOT 59-1570
SOLD
Auction ended        15th May 2022  |  07:37 pm CEST
RESULT
STARTING PRICE: EUR 700,00
EXCL. BUYER’S PREMIUM: 22,50 %

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DESCRIPTion, DETaILS & Photos
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS
MAKER Gebrüder Godet & Co.
WEIGHT
LOT 59-1570
EAN 2000000645292
LOT 59-1570
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000645292
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS
MAKER Gebrüder Godet & Co.
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT 59-1570
MATERIAL silver
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000645292
MAKER Gebrüder Godet & Co.
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
German Eagle Order - 2nd Class


Description

The neck cross is made from gilded silver and enamel. The ring loop is marked with the silver content hallmark „900“. The decoration is clearly made by Zimmermann and very probable distributed by Godet in Berlin despite the absence of the 21 marks. More about that supplier relationship here: https://www.omsa.org/unfair-business/

In fantastic condition despite the bend loop for the ribbon. Full ribbon included.


Condition
1-
Historical information

Adolf Hitler created the German Eagle Order on May 1, 1937, based on a personal request of Foreign Minister Dr. Meissner1). The creation of the order finally enabled the German Reich to honor foreigners. The order would be awarded through the Fuehrer through proposal of the foreign minister. ("Reichsgesetzblatt" 1937)

The order consisted initially of 5 grades, Grand Cross, Merit Cross with Star, Merit Cross 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade as well as a Merit Medal.

A unique Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle in Gold with Diamonds (Grosskreuz des Deutschen Adlerordens in Gold und Brillanten) was awarded to Benito Mussolini on 25 September 1937.

The Order was reorganized into nine classes on December 27, 1943, by adding the Grand Cross in Gold, the 1st class, and splitting the merit medal into a silver and bronze one. The classes of the actual order themselves got aligned within the new sequential structure from 1st to 5th, with the 5th being the old 3rd class.

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