The War Merit Cross 1st class with swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. klasse mit Schwertern), also know as the KVK 1, was instituted on 18-10-1939 by Adolph Hitler. Just as the KVK 2, this award could be awarded to military personal and civilians alike for bravery not directly connected to combat actions. The recipient had to have been awarded the KVK 2 before the KVK 1 could be awarded, but on special occasions it was possible that both decorations were awarded at the same time. This excellent example is complete with its original case which is marked on the exterior with a silvered foil representation of the award it encloses. The interior is a white satin type material and both the hinge and press stud are in fine working order. The underside of the case has a small section of wear as apparently someone removed a tag or label of some sort. The medal itself is of earlier production and although is unmarked is attributed to Carl Poellath, Schrobenhausen. Other than some handling wear on the finish, the detail on this cross is excellent with much of the silver finish being bright and intact. The detail is very evident and the pebbled areas highlight the crispness of the outer rim of this medal. The reverse of the medal has a complete pin and clasp assembly that is fully functional and has not been abused or opened and closed excessively. Overall a super example of a beautiful design and as I have said before, " I am of the opinion anything with swords means business!" An awesome military design!