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Title Spanish Cross in gold
Nationality German
Period c 1938-45
Price £1000.00

In April 1939, this award was instituted to commemorate the bravery of the German volunteers in the Spanish civil war. 1,126 awards in gold with swords were granted. It is marked L56 on the reverse for the maker Robert Hauschild of Pforzheim.

It weighs 30 grams, the arms of the cross are 55 mm wide and the swords are 62 mm. It has most of its original gilt finish on base metal of some sort, probably gilding metal. A small piece of metal has become detached from the back of the clip by the hinge - I shall try and include just this little piece in an extra photograph in due course. The frailty of the piece contributes to my view that this is totally original.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]


The Saber is really beautiful.

R K, Austria, 29.06.2017

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015