The War Merit Cross (or Kriegsverdienstkreuz in German) was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded to military personnel and civilians during the Second World War. It was created by Adolph Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross, which was used in earlier wars. The award had two different variants which included "with Swords" given to soldiers for exceptional service, “not in direct connection with combat”, and "without" given to civilians for meritorious service in “furtherance of the war effort”. Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before receiving the next level.
This is the zinc composition metal that appears almost silver due to the nature of the metal absorbing the bronze colored wash. The ribbon is the traditional type that has the zig-zag upper edge and the suspension ring stamped with the manufacturer's number 107, which stands for the firm of Carl Wild in Hamburg.
A very crisp example from a less often seen maker.