G001775 CASED IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS, 1914. (Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse mit Etui)

BACKGROUND: On March 10TH 1813, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III established the Iron Cross as a temporary award for bestowal during times of war. The Iron Cross was introduced in three grades with a Grand Cross intended for award to Senior Commanders for successfully leading troops in combat and the First and Second classes for award to all ranks for bravery or merit in action. The Iron Crosses were re-instituted by King Wilhelm I on July 19TH 1870 for award during the Franco-Prussian War and again on August 5TH 1914 by King Wilhelm II for award during WWI. The first class medal was for award to personnel who performed three to five acts of bravery in combat and had already been awarded the Iron Cross 2ND class.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1914 pattern, die struck, three piece, iron and alloy construction Patté style cross with a single piece iron core and a two piece silver frame. The obverse of the cross features an embossed, central, "W" cypher for King Wilhelm II, the re-institution date, "1914", to the bottom arm and a King’s crown to the top arm. All three emblems are in nice high relief. The reverse has a solid soldered hinge and vertical pin and catch all intact (catch may be repaired). Back of the cross is 935 silver marked. Complete with nice original case.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $359.00 (Or Best Offer)

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