Established in 1938, Adolf Hitler instituted the Mother’s Cross awards, to recognize the importance of the German woman's role to support a strong German Reich nation. This award was to be presented each year on the second Sunday in May (Mothering Sunday or Mothers 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: eligible mothers with six to seven children
3rd Class Order. Bronze Cross: eligible mothers with four to five children
This decoration is a longer form of the Iron Cross.it features a translucent blue enamel with a slim opaque white border and in the center of a radiant starburst design rests a metal roundel decorated with the words "DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER" In English "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 2nd Class in silver. This piece is in very nice uncleaned condition and retains most of its original silver finish with nice patination and minor handling wear. The enamel is in good condition and overall a very nice collectible. Priced accordingly, as it also did not arrive with a case or ribbon.
A very elegant and beautiful award.