Original WWII German Cloth Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (Scarce) Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran. The War Order of the German Cross was introduced on September 28TH 1941 in two classes of Gold and Silver. The Gold class Cross was awarded to military personnel for exceptional acts of bravery or achievement in combat while the Silver class was awarded for distinguished acts of service in the war effort. Hand embroidered example features a double, overlaid, eight point, sunburst pattern with the top, inner layer, sunburst in matte, brownish/grey, cotton threads, and the bottom, outer layer, in bright, silver/aluminum wire threads. The cross has a gilt washed, circular, stamped alloy, wreath with embossed laurel leaves and “ribbons” and a small banner with the impressed introduction date, “1941” to the bottom center. The wreath is identical to the wreaths utilized on the metal crosses. Both the inner and outer edges of the alloy wreath have red thread borders with an additional silver/aluminum thread border to the outer edge. The wreath encompasses an embroidered, canted, black swastika with a silver/aluminum thread outer border on a white rayon base. The cross is mounted on a cut-out, field-grey wool base indicating an army issue award. The reverse of the badge still has part of it’s original protective black paper. One of the higher German Valor awards under the Knights cross. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic pre-1945 Brought home by a U.S .Veteran as a trophy of war. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.