Cross of Honour of the German Mother, in Gold

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SKU: 02.GTR.0223.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$70 USD

  • Cross of Honour of the German Mother, in Gold Obverse
  • Cross of Honour of the German Mother, in Gold Obverse
  • Cross of Honour of the German Mother, in Gold Reverse

Estimated market value:

$70 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER Rev: 16. DEZEMBER 1938
  • Size
    37x44mm

Physical Description and Item Details


A Latin cross with concave arms in gilded bronze and blue, white, and black enamels; with sun rays emanating between the arms from the centre applique; on loop for suspension from a correct replacement ribbon; he obverse with a circular applique bearing a static black enameled swastika (Hakenkreuz) within a gilded ring inscribed “Der Deutschen Mutter” (The German Mother), with all four arms of the cross edged in white enamels with solid blue panels; the reverse dated with the date of implementation “16. Dezember 1938”, bearing the facsimile of the Führer and Reichs-Chancellor; measuring 37x44mm; weighing 14.5 grams with its ribbon; in virtually mint condition.

History


The Cross of Honour of the German Mother was instituted on December 16, 1938, to recognise women who had given birth and successfully raised a large number of "racially pure" children. The decoration, which was intended to encourage women to bear more children, was considered to be the most significant award that could be conferred upon a woman.

The award was established in three classes, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Bronze was issued to mothers of 4-5 children, Silver to mothers of 6-7 children, and Gold to mothers of 8 or more children.

The decoration was later expanded to include "ethnic German" mothers, such as women from regions that were incorporated into the German Reich, like Austria.

The first Model features a reverse inscription with a facsimile of Hitler's signature and an additional inscription reading, "DAS KIND ADELT DIE MUTTER," which translates to, "The child ennobles the mother." The first Model of the decoration is very rare. Model II features the institution date and a facsimile of Adolf Hitler's signature on the reverse.

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