The Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter, or in English, the "Cross of Honour of the German Mother", often referred to colloquially as the Mutterehrenkreuz (Mother’s Cross of Honour) or simply Mutterkreuz (Mother’s Cross), was a state decoration and civil order of merit conferred by the government of the German Reich to honour a “Reichsdeutsche” (Imperial German) mother for exceptional merit to the German nation.
Eligibility was later extended to include Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) mothers. The decoration was conferred from between 1939 until 1945 in three grades: bronze, silver, and gold, to females who exhibited probity, exemplary motherhood, and who conceived and raised at least four or more children in the role of a parent.
MOTHERSCROSS #37048 Gold Mother's Cross with Ribbon
This gold Mother's Cross is in excellent condition throughout the enamel of the legs with their fine blue and white colors. The inside immobile swastika shows some usage areas, but there is no missing enamel. The medal features a sunburst between the legs of the cross, and around the center swastika are the words “Der Deutscher Mutter”.
On the reverse is the stamped date “16.Dezember 1938” and a facsimile Hitler autograph. The original long blue and white striped ribbon is still attached to this cross.
A good, solid example of the type here.
MOTHERSCROSS #36314C Bronze Mother’s Cross with Short Ribbon
This Mother’s Cross has a fine patina across its surfaces. The blue and white enamel on the legs of the cross is in nice condition having one tiny nip at the right bottom corner leg. The cross has the sunburst in the center area and then has the medallion which reads “The German Mother” around the rim. Inside is a white enamel field with black immobile swastika.
The reverse of the medal is also nicely patinaed having the date of inception “16 Dezember 1938” with a facsimile Hitler signature. A short blue and white striped ribbon accompanies the award.
This Silver Mother’s Cross has a little oxidation to the silvered areas but they are still all there. The enamel to all of the legs remains in perfect condition. There is an applied medallion in the center also having an oxidized border. The white enamel field and black mobile swastika are in perfect condition.
The reverse of the medal has good silvering and is stamped with the inception date, “16 Dezember 1938” and is complete with the Hitler signature. There is a short blue and white striped ribbon attached.
This Silver Mother’s Cross has the standard enameled legs which have white borders with blue insides. The center area has a medallion fitting which features the purpose of the medal raised out “Der Deutschen Mutter”. In the center is a white enamel round field with immobile black enamel swastika. In between the legs is a silvered sunburst image.
Attached to the top loop of the Mother’s Cross is a ribbon which has some age staining. The ribbon is white having a blue center stripe with stripes running out of white, blue and white on each side.
On the reverse of this silvered medal, it is interesting to note that the description “16 Dezember 1938” and Hitler’s signature on all raised out of the medal instead of the usual where they are engraved. This must be just the work of a smaller manufacturer.
Excellent Plus. $135.00
This Bronze Mother’s Cross has very fine blue and white enamel to the legs and the bronze sunburst and center round medallion have a nice patination to their surfaces. The center field has perfect white enamel as does the black immobile swastika. The reverse of the medal is engraved "16.Dezember 1938”, complete with the usual facsimile Adolf Hitler signature.
This particualr medal comes with a very long, blue and white striped ribbon. A nice cross here!.
Excellent Plus. $75.00