Original Imperial German WWI Silesian Eagle 1st Class with Swords Medal by Wilhelm Deumer

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fine World War One Imperial German Silesian Eagle 1st Class with Swords Medal by manufacturer Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid. The medal is not maker marked but the details clearly indicate Wilhelm Deumer production.

Constructed of silvered tombac and enamels, of multi-piece construction, excellent quality, in fine condition; this award with enamel as opposed to the lacquered version is seldom encountered. An excellent rare example of high grade manufactured medal.

The Silesian Eagle (German language: Schlesischer Adler) was a medal awarded for fighting the Silesian Uprisings in 1919-1921 as part of the Freikorps Oberland under the Weimar Republic.

Instituted on the 19 of June 1919 by VI. Armee-Korps Generalleutnant Friedrich von Friedeburg, the Silesian Eagle was issued in two classes, 2nd class for three months of service and 1st class for 6 months of service and could be adorned with oak leaves, swords, or both. This medal was one of the few Freikorps awards that were allowed to be worn on uniforms during the Third Reich after the 1935 ban on unofficial medals. However, the swords, and oak leaves, denoting additional bravery, merit or service were banned, but despite interdictions, many veterans continued wearing them in active military service during WWII.
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