German Cross in Gold by 134 – Otto Klein.
Stunning and absolutely gorgeous example of a German Cross in Gold being one of the most desirable wartime German combat decorations. The eye appeal of this one cannot be overstated. It is a lightweight version, with a “CupAl” (mechanically bonded copper and aluminum) backplate. The silvering of the backplate and the chemical darkening to the starburst are nearly completely intact just showing a mark from an old inventory label. The gloss black enamel to the large central swastika is nearly flawless. The reverse of this exceptional piece exhibits textbook construction, with base plates used under the hinge and catch to reinforce the attachment of the hardware. The center of the reverse is marked “134” indicating manufacture by the firm of Otto Klein in Hanau. The original finish on the reverse shows some age patina but is generally clean. Some extremely minor handling wear is barely present on the very edges. The long, broad pin tapers to a point. The hollow rivets are tight, and every detail is just what one would want to see. It is not at all easy to find a German Cross in Gold as nice as this one with this piece showing some minor honest wear, the weight is 46.07 grams. I just priced one at 3200 dollars and I am pricing this one to move. (9361ba) LH4315