Original Cased German Mother’s Cross Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter In Gold. The Mother’s Cross was introduced by Adolf Hitler on December 16TH 1938 as part of a large propaganda campaign aimed at increasing the birth rate. The award was officially designated, Honor Cross of the German Mother, and was instituted in three grades to recognize and reward child bearing German females. The three grades consisted of the bronze cross for bearing four or five children, the silver cross for bearing six or seven children and the gold cross for bearing eight or more children. Criteria for the award included that the parents be of pure German blood, and that the mother was worthy of such an honor. two piece, stamped tombac award with a gold wash and blue and white enamel work. Award in the form of a Christian cross with outward fluted arms in semi-translucent blue enamel with white enamel border. Cross has a raised sunburst pattern emanating between its arms. Separate central circular field with white enamel base and black static swastika, encompassed by a circular border with embossed Latin script, “Der Deutschen Mutter”, (The German Mother). Reverse has impressed simulated handwritten script, “16 December 1938”, and facsimile Hitler signature. Complete original neck ribbon is also included. Award housed in a, 11cm x 5cm x 2cm, case, finished in simulated dark blue leather with an impression of the cross in to top cover. Interior with white satin lining to top and white velvet lining with retaining arm with cut-out recess to hold the award in place, to bottom. Excellent condition with some wear and storage age expected issues. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.