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This grand cross is made from gilded silver and enamel. The ring is marked “900” for its silver content as well as “L/50” for the maker Godet in Berlin. Some minimal and superficial chips, yet in impressive condition. The ring loop seem to have the roman numeral “II” stamped to potentially indicate it being paired with a particular grand cross star during the manufacturing process.
The “L/50” mark indicates that this cross was available for purchase during the War in one of the authorized order and decoration shops, like Godet in Berlin. Despite the fact that the grand cross with swords is one of the most rare crosses from this order, it is more rare with the “L/50” marking.
Couriousily the swords are mounted upside down.
A very rare occasion to be able to purchase a cross like this.
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.