Established in 1938, Adolf Hitler instituted the Mother’s Cross award to recognize the importance of the German woman's role in supporting a strong German Reich nation. This award was to be presented each year on the second Sunday in May (Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day).
The Mother's Cross was awarded in three classes consisting of:
1st Class Order Gold Cross: for eligible mothers with eight or more children.
2nd Class Order Silver Cross: for eligible mothers with six to seven children
3rd Class Order Bronze Cross: for eligible mothers with four to five children
This decoration is a longer form of the Iron Cross. It features a beautiful translucent blue enamel with a slim opaque white border. The center consists of a radiant starburst design on which rests a metal roundel decorated with the words "DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER" ("THE GERMAN MOTHER") surrounding a black enameled swastika in a white enamel field. On the reverse is the inscription "16 Dezember" and a facsimile signature of the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler.
This example is the 1st class in gold. Overall, it is in very nice uncleaned condition and retains much of its original gilding with only minor darkening and handling wear. A tiny sliver of enamel in the bottom right leg of the cross has gone to time; so, I have priced this piece accordingly being as it also did not arrive with a case or ribbon.
A very elegant and beautiful award.