Attractive, 'Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern' (being a clearly maker- ie. '3'- or by: 'Wilhem Deumer'-) marked specimen that is executed in typical silverish-grey-coloured- and/or zinc-based metal (ie. 'Feinzink')
The attractive - and I deem mid- (ie. later-) war-period - piece is executed in typical greyish-silver-coloured- and/or zinc-based metal (ie. 'Feinzink') and comes in an overall nice- (albeit moderately worn- ie. most certainly used-), condition. The naturally non-magnetic- and/or non-vaulted cross shows some blackened- ie. tarnished age-patina but was most certainly never cleaned nor polished: it has lost, however, most (ie. all) of its typical silverish-grey-coloured finish that has just 'faded away' over the years as more often (as can be seen on the pictures). The cross comes naturally mounted on its functional (flute-shaped) pin- and/or: period catch (ie. catch-set-up) which are both present and fully unaltered (as can be seen on the pictures). The piece - which shows a clearly present makers'-designation '3'-stamped onto its back (as always) - comes as found and stored for decades: it was truly never cleaned and is still a bit stained ie. dirty (as can be seen on the pictures). I deem that the KvK 1st class award is a bit underestimated by the collectors' community: they can almost be graded equally as the IC 1st class. Simply an attractive example that was produced by the desirable maker: 'Wilhelm Deumer' and that is accordingly priced!