**SOLD** VINTAGE & RARE WW1 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS FOR BRAVERY COMBATANT MEDAL
Offered is an original German First World War Iron Cross 1st Class. 41 mm wide, silver metal cross 'convex' pattée with a blackened cross pattée (some service wear to face) within a hatched border imposed; the face with a central ‘W’ (for Wilhelm), a crown above, the date ‘1914’ below; the reverse with a pin for wear to uniform, secured tightly into the lower catch. The cross is a good original piece, being a favourite among German officer's who were awarded these during the First World War, as the convex crosses were supposed to sit better on the uniform than the standard flat varieties.
The Iron Cross was instituted on 10 March 1813 by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia during the War of Liberation against the Napoleonic French forces. It was reinstated in 1870-1871 for the Franco-Prussian War and again in 1914 for World War I. It is awarded for bravery. In spite of its iconic image and fame, it has always been made of modest materials and issued in relatively large numbers. It was designed by the neo-classical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross of the Teutonic Knights in the late Middle Ages which was also the emblem of Frederick the Great.
|Dimensions||20 × 15 × 6 cm|