Superb - and luxuriously-styled! - 'Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schw.' being an attractive and maker- ie. '43'-marked specimen that is executed in typical, silverish-coloured metal (ie. 'Buntmetall') and that comes stored in its period etui
The attractive - and I deem quite early- (ie. mid-) war-period - piece is executed in typical silver-coloured metal (ie. 'Buntmetall') and comes in an overall very nice- (albeit just moderately used- and/or worn-), condition. The naturally non-magnetic- and/or non-vaulted cross shows some (minimal) blackened- (ie. somewhat tarnished) age-patina but was most certainly never cleaned nor polished: it retains, moreover, most (ie. all!) of its typical silverish-coloured ie. 'frosted'-like finish (as can be seen on the pictures). The cross comes naturally mounted onto its functional (somewhat thicker, straight-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 clear makers'-designation '43' on the back of its pin - is with certainty a piece that was produced by the maker- (ie. 'Hersteller') named: 'Julius Bauer u. Söhne' as was based in the town of Zella-Mehlis in Thüringen. The piece came stored in its period (and luxuriously-styled!) etui (which comes in an equally nicely preserved condition). The set comes as recently found and/or stored for decades: it was truly never cleaned and is just a tiny bit stained ie. dirty but retains most of its (off-factory) polished 'highlighted areas' (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 and luxuriously-executed (and cased!) example of a: 'KvK 1. Klasse mit Schwertern' by the 'Julius Bauer u. Söhne'-company that that is - I deem - accordingly priced!