HAMBURG FIELD CROSS – DOCUMENT AND DECORATION – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a high-quality Hamburg Field Cross (Deutsches Feld-Ehrenzeichen), a post WW I decoration that was initially presented to the Free State of Hamburg’s native sons. Later, the decoration was awarded to other German soldiers who had served during the Great War. The decoration is quite striking and poignant. It measures 2″ x 2 ½.” It features a silver-toned sunburst with a white enamel Maltese Cross in its center. Within the cross’s silver-toned is a German soldier dejectedly slouching home at the war’s end. He carries all of his gear (except for his Mauser rifle) and looks defeated. Its reverse is engraved with the decoration’s official name “Deutsches Feld-Ehrenzeichen” (German Field Honor Badge). Below that is the manufacturer’s hallmark and “Hamburg 3.” A sturdy split pin completes the reverse.
What really makes our piece exciting is the inclusion of its VERY rare presentation case. Typically, if we are lucky, a simple cardboard presentation carton (also quite scarce) comes with it. More often than not, only the decoration has survived. This is the FIRST time I have ever seen its true presentation case! The black case measures ¾” x 2 ½” x 3,” and features the decoration’s silver-embossed outline on its outer lid. A push button releases the case’s top half from its bottom. The interior’s purple silk upper half features the information listed below printed on it in silver.
The case’s bottom half is covered with purple velvet fitted to snugly accommodate the decoration’s pin. Some minor wear shows on the case’s exterior edges from handling over the years.
This mini group’s final feature is the original award document. It too is quite scarce. I have seen only a handful of them in all my years of collecting. The document measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” when unopened. When fully opened, it measures 5 ½” x 7 ½.” The outer page displays a depiction of the decoration. Below that is “Besitzzeugnis” (Certificate of Ownership) and the number 124105 (indicating 124,105 decorations had been awarded up that date.
Inside the document the information listed below appears on three lines.
[Holzhausen is a small town in upper Bavaria on the Ammersee]. Below these lines is information explaining that the decoration was for service on the front from 1914-1918 in the Great War. The award date was 18 December 1933. Two original signatures, one for a Generalmajor a.D. (in retirement) and another for an Unteroffizier, appear at the document’s bottom.
This is a simply marvelous complete set containing the decoration, presentation case, and an award document named to a veteran of WW I. You will never find a more complete or handsome Hamburg Field Cross group!