This is a consignment item. Over the years I have seen a wide variety of Pour le Mérites, from issued examples to WW I and post WW I Jeweler’s copies to examples made in the post WW II 1950’s. This offering, however, is quite different. It is an oddity or curio that was given out by the Cleveland, Ohio (USA) German Consulate. I do not know precisely when this was done. Most likely it was after WW I and before WW II, because a German consulate was no longer present. It is remarkably well made. The chasing of the gold lettering is not as fine as a period piece, but its enamel work is quite pleasing, although not up to WW I-quality levels. The PLM is of the late-war variety that no longer used the pie slice suspension device. Neither the suspension device nor the paperclip-like ribbon holder reveals any detectable hallmarks of any type.
It has a black ribbon with silver bullion thread that measures 2 ¼” in width x 24″ in length. Both the PLM and the ribbon are housed in a rectangular presentation case that measures 1″ x 3 ½” x 6.” The case’s exterior is black leatherette, while the case beneath it is made of cardboard. No ties are present at the ribbon’s end.
The final detail to the presentation is the inclusion of a 3″ x 4 ¼” card that displays the information listed below.
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This is an unusual item that will enhance any order and decoration collection.