Rare original Order of the German Eagle 2nd Class (Verdienstkreuz II. Stufe des Orden vom Deutschen Adler). The Order of the German Eagle was instituted on 1 May 1937 by Adolf Hitler. It was a diplomatic and honorary award given to prominent foreigners, particularly diplomats, who were considered sympathetic to Nazism. The Cross is based on the Maltese Cross enameled in white with German Eagles at each corner carrying a swastika. The breast cross (Steckkreuz) is made of gilded '900' silver. The cross is of course complete with a functional pin and catch. On the pin the cross is marked with the '900' silver hallmark and a '21' marking indicating production by the company of 'Godet' from Berlin. The cross is showing minor traces of wear and usage and the details on this medal are simply stunning. Stunning original Eagle Order 2nd Class!