Original German WWII Set of Two Miniature Mother’s Crosses - Gold 1st Class & Silver 2nd Class
Original Items: Only One Set of Two Available. This is a wonderful set of two miniature examples of The Cross of Honor of the German Mother or Mutterkreuz (Mother’s Cross). These were often presented with the full size version and were intended to be worn on every day occasions. The set consists of a miniature Mother's Cross in silver (2nd class, eligible mothers with 6 to 7 children), and in gold (1st class, eligible mothers with eight or more children!).
Reverse of medals read 16 December 1938, which is the date that the award was first established, along with AH's Signature. Both come with their miniature ribbons and horizontal pin attachments.
A very interesting set of German miniature medals from WWII, ready to display!
The Cross of Honor of the German Mother (German: Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter), referred to colloquially as the Mutterehrenkreuz (Mother’s Cross of Honor) or simply Mutterkreuz (Mother’s Cross), was a state decoration conferred by the government of the German Reich to honor a Reichsdeutsche German mother for exceptional merit to the German nation. Eligibility later extended to include Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) mothers from, for example, Austria and Sudetenland, that had earlier been incorporated into the German Reich.
The decoration was conferred from 1939 until 1945 in three classes: bronze, silver, and gold, to Reichsdeutsche mothers who exhibited probity, exemplary motherhood, and who conceived and raised at least four or more children in the role of a parent. A similar practice, that continues to this present day, was already established in France since 1920, by conferring the Médaille de la Famille française (Medal of the French Family), a tribute to the French mother who raised several children in an appropriate way.
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