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  • GERMANY - CASE - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2ND CLASS - REPRODUCTION

    GERMANY – CASE – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – REPRODUCTION

    SKU: 09-1053

    $95.00

    GERMANY – CASE – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – REPRODUCTION. We rarely offer reproduction items at Der Rittmeister Militaria, but we are making an exception today. While we currently offer several ORIGINAL Iron Cross presentation cases with their respective Iron Crosses (as well as other original presentation cases with THEIR proper decorations), we do NOT have any empty Iron Cross cases. Also, original EK cases usually cost $400 or more. Therefore, we are offering this REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case to which you can add your own EK 2 (or we will be happy to add an original EK 2 at a discounted price). The REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case measures 1” x 3” x 5.5.” It boasts a black, pebbled, leatherette exterior. The case’s lower right corner displays a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class embossed on it in silver. Its closure button easily pops the case open to allow entry into its interior. The upper half is covered in padded white silk, while the lower portion features creme-colored velvet with a fitted EK-shaped section neatly cut into it. It also contains a horizontal recess into which the ribbon could be neatly folded. This REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case will allow you to display your EK 2 in a handsome manner. [REMEMBER, DRM can supply you with either an EK 2 and/or its ribbon if you so desire]. FOR MORE IRON CROSSES – CLICK HERE

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  • GERMANY - COMMEMORATION - FRAMED - GERMAN SOLDIER’S WW I SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – COMMEMORATION – FRAMED – GERMAN SOLDIER’S WW I SERVICE

    SKU: 12-782

    $295.00

    This is a marvelous framed commemoration of his service during WW I for a German soldier. The period frame is black with gold interior highlights, sports a glass front cover, and measures 19 ½” x 23 ½.” Kaiser Wilhelm II’s portrait appears at the extremely colorful print’s top. Flanking him are the Kings of Saxony and Bavaria, as well as the Grand Dukes of Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt. Decorative motifs that are both military and patriotic in nature cover the print. A careful examination reveals the figures of three soldiers whose heads have been replaced by pasted-in black and white photos of the same soldier. One pose reveals his shoulder straps, which are for Infanterie-Regiment Nr 66. An actual 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class has been pasted to the print’s bottom center. Clearly the featured soldier won it during WW I. The presentation’s overall condition is very fine. [Due to the size and nature of this item, additional shipping and handling will be required. Please CONTACT US BY E-MAIL so that we can arrange shipping for you]!

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  • GERMANY - DESK PIECE - 1914 IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – DESK PIECE – 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 24-105

    $250.00

    This is a remarkable desk piece shaped like an oversized 1914 Iron Cross. It is gold-toned and measures 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ x 1/4.” If you look at the crown and between the “9” and “1,” you will see some small holes. I believe this allowed the piece to be mounted on a wall. I believe it was diverted from that purpose. White felt then was applied to its back so it could be used as a desk piece. It is very sturdy and weighs 1 pound 13 ounces.

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  • GERMANY - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED

    SKU: 09-1051

    $295.00

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED. This is a very fine, privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross boasts very fine paint that rates at 100%. The frame’s patina is quite striking. The cross is magnetic and features a top-quality, swollen pin on its reverse. It is NOT vaulted. Its overall condition is excellent. TO SEE ALL IRON CROSSES – CLICK HERE

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  • GERMANY - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - SLIGHTLY VAULTED

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED

    SKU: 09-1050

    $295.00

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED. This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is very fine and rates about 98%. The frame’s patina is exceptional. The cross is magnetic and slightly vaulted. No hallmark appears on the reverse, which sports a fine, swollen (coke-bottle) pin. FOR ALL IRON CROSSES – CLICK HERE

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  • GERMANY - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - TWO-PIECE SCREWBACK

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – TWO-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-1052

    $350.00

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – TWO-PIECE SCREWBACK. This is a fine example of a two-piece, screwback, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is superior and rates 100%. The frame displays a very fine patina. The cross is magnetic. Its reverse features a female screw that is attached to it. A circular-shaped screw “nut” fastens it down onto the cross. No silver content or manufacturer’s hallmarks are present. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL IRON CROSSES AND CASES

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 06-244

    $250.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT. This 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is paired with its award document. The award of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class was given on 10 Oktober 1917 to Unteroffizier d. L. Paul Sonnemann, who was assigned to Vermessungs-Abteilung Nr 24. I have never heard of this unit type. Perhaps he was assigned to either a Pionier or Artillerie unit. The most detail interesting is the document’s form. Its left upper corner indicates that it came from Armee-Oberkommando der 4. Armee. The Armee-Oberkommando 4. Armee’s rubber unit stamp appears at the document’s bottom. It was signed with a blue grease pencil by a Major serving as the commanding general’s adjutant. A bit of quick research shows us that in October 1917 the commanding general was Generaloberst Friedrich Sixt von Armin (1851-1936). He previously had been the IV. Armeekorps’ commander. Von Armin had assumed command of the Armeekorps upon Paul von Hindenburg’s retirement in 1911. Von Armin led this unit until February 1917. His Corps was assigned to von Kluck early in the war and fought in both France and Belgium. He was highly-decorated, receiving both the Orden Pour le Mérite and the Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves. He also received the Order of the Black Eagle, which was more typically given to royals. However, he came from a well-known Prussian family and had performed admirably during the Franco-Prussian War and WW I, so an exception was made. It is a…

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  • GERMANY - IRON CROSS - 1914 - WALL ART - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1914 – WALL ART

    SKU: 12-344

    $175.00

    I am not quite sure what was the use for this oversized Iron Cross, although it appears to be of a patriotic nature. Having said that, it is quite large, measuring 3″ x 2 e.” It is about the size of a Grand Cross. It is stamped and has a loop at the top where it could have been worn as a pendant. However, this is huge! It would have taken up a LOT of space under a lady’s neck. It is stamped and there is a wreath of leaves that connects the arms of the cross. It is more likely that it was used as a wall decoration. This is definitely a different kind of item!

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL BAR - ONE PLACE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE

    SKU: 02-417

    $125.00

    This is a very fine one-place medal bar. It bears the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is a wonderful presentation.

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL BAR - ONE PLACE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE

    SKU: 02-289

    $125.00

    This is a one-place medal bar that features the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is very unusual to see an Iron Cross set up like this.

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  • MEDAL BAR - ONE-PLACE - 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE-PLACE – 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 02-441

    $125.00

    This is a one-place medal bar that has a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class as the featured decoration. The Iron Cross is in excellent condition. The condition of the cross is excellent. The paint on its obverse and reverse rates at nearly 100%. It has what appears to be a manufacturer’s and a silver content hallmark on its jump ring, but we cannot decipher either one. The silk ribbon is also in top condition. Its reverse boasts a sturdy pin. The Iron Cross is slipped onto the medal bar by means of a hook through the jump ring. The backing is a bit unusual. It is made of gray silk rather than the more common felt.

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL BAR - TWO PLACE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – TWO PLACE

    SKU: 02-299

    $150.00

    This is a splendid, two-place medal bar. From left to right, we see the following: *1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. *Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. Both the decorations and ribbons are in excellent condition.

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1813 - 2nd CLASS  - WITH DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING AWARD DOCUMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1813 – 2nd CLASS – WITH DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 09-995 XTC

    $4,995.00 $4,195.00

    It is a very interesting and exciting mini group that includes an 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class, its actual award document, and another document from some twenty years after the initial award. The 1813 Iron Cross introduced a completely new concept in medals awarded to soldiers for their battle service, i.e., that a man could be awarded a medal no matter what rank he possessed, whether he was a private or a general. The Napoleonic Wars had been raging for several years, but the tide was turning by the time the 1813 Iron Crosswas first awarded. As a matter of fact, the wars ended that same year. Napoleon, however, was never one to give up easily. He escaped from exile in March 1815 and returned to wage war at theBattle of Waterloo in June. Bonaparte was finally defeated on 18 June 1815 and sentenced to permanent exile on St. Helena, where he died six years later. The Iron Cross was instituted under König Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia’s rule. Since it was a new decoration that suffered production problems, its award process did not complete until the late 1830’s. Similar situations occurred in 1870 and 1914, in that those particular Iron Crosses continued to be awarded AFTER their respective wars had ended. [TRIVIA ALERT! The award of the 1813 Iron Cross included a pension from the Crown]. Our mini group includes its award document. The award document (urkunde) was made out to a man named Jacob Nagel. The document measures…

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1870 - 1st CLASS - GODET WITH PIN AND TWO SIDE HOOKS

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS – GODET WITH PIN AND TWO SIDE HOOKS

    SKU: 09-958 XTC

    $3,895.00 $3,295.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS – GODET WITH PIN AND TWO SIDE HOOKS In my opinion, the most elegant Iron Cross variant displayed a traditional pinback arrangement AND two side hooks. An Iron Cross such as this required that the wearer have three sets of loops sewn onto his tunic’s left breast to accommodate it. While its single pin is sturdy enough to pierce a wool tunic, the two side hooks are quite delicate. They would snap if one attempted to insert them through the tunic in the same manner. Very few jewelry firms offered this Iron Cross style, and no one did it better than Godet, the maker of this Iron Cross. One of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, the firm J. Godet und Söhne was known as a premiere provider of Orders and Decorations. This Iron Cross is non vaulted (flat), which is how all issued 1870 Iron Crosses (approximately 1,300) appeared. The obverse’s paint is nearly mint. The frame that surrounds its black core is handsomely produced. The beading is even and problem-free. The frame displays a lovely patina that beautifully sets off the iron core. Its reverse displays the pinback arrangement with two side hooks that I described above. The two very delicate side hooks are present, and look just as they did when this EK was first acquired by the original owner. Sometimes the side hooks have been re-soldered, but not in this case. The clasp securing the pin is large and sturdy.…

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANTS WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR OAK LEAVES MOUNTED ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANTS WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR OAK LEAVES MOUNTED ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON

    SKU: 09-960 XTZ

    $1,395.00 $1,195.00

    This is a consignment item. In 1895 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the award of Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves for the 1870 Iron Cross. This was for veterans who were awarded the 1870 EK during the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent years, as awards caught up with all those deemed worthy. Furthermore, they remained in the reich’s service. This 1870 Iron Cross is in very fine condition, both on its obverse and reverse. I believe it was not an issued piece, but instead was sold as a full rig with the Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves attached. Its paint is even and just beginning to “crinkle,” as we so often see on 19th Century Iron Crosses. The “25” year device sports a fine, frosted-silver finish. What makes this Iron Cross special is all about the ribbon. The ribbon boasts a wide, white, central panel flanked by two thinner black bands, which means it is for Non Combatants. The ribbon’s other distinctive feature is that it is a tri-fold. Although Austrians folded their ribbons in this manner, they did NOT participate in the Franco-Prussian War. Thus, the ribbon most probably was for a soldier from Saxony. The ribbon makes the Iron Cross quite distinctive, as well as quite scarce. Both ribbon and cross are in top condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - PRINZENGROßE WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR JUBILEE OAK LEAVES - 1914 SPANGE - WAGNER & SÖHNE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – PRINZENGROßE WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR JUBILEE OAK LEAVES – 1914 SPANGE – WAGNER & SÖHNE

    SKU: 09-1033

    $1,795.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – PRINZENGROßE WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR JUBILEE OAK LEAVES – 1914 SPANGE – WAGNER & SÖHNE. This is a very exciting, ultra-high-quality, privately-purchased 1870 Prinzengroße Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Twenty-Five-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves and 1914 Spange. The Prinzengroße Iron Cross originated more than a hundred years prior to WW I as a smaller variation of noblemen/royalty’s decorations that could be worn by their young sons. The term Prinzengroße means “prince-sized.” The youngsters wore uniforms that emulated their fathers,’ as well as headdresses and swords to accommodate their stature. By the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, it became more of an affectation among officers who preferred the smaller Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class over full-sized examples. Our 1870 Prinzengroße EK 2nd Class measures 1.25” x 1.25,” and is mounted on a correct, original ribbon displaying the Twenty-Five-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves, as well as a 1914 Spange. The leaves were awarded beginning in 1895 to commemorate the original award’s 25th Anniversary. The special 1914 Spange was awarded to those Franco-Prussian War veterans who were still alive at WW I’s outbreak. [PLEASE NOTE: In most cases, the men receiving the 1914 Spange were in their early-to-mid 60’s so, obviously, many of the original awardees had died]. Our Iron Cross displays very fine paint on both its obverse and reverse. The Twenty-Five-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves consists of three oak leaves with a “25″ on the center leaf. The 1914 Spange features an enamel 1914 Iron Cross in…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - SPANGE

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE

    SKU: 09-1023

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE The 1870 Iron Cross received two additions (rendered in two stages) after the initial awards of approximately 50,000 examples. A “Jubilee” was proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895, wherein its awardees were authorized to add oak leaves with a “25” to their Iron Crosses. This was known as the Jubiläumsspange. This was either added as a device to the jump ring area, or attached directly to the top of the ribbon. A further honor was granted to the original 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class winners when WW I began. [Remember that 1914 was nearly forty-five years after the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Most of the surviving awardees had reached their sixties, so a certain number of the original 50,000 had died]. Another spange was created that was slipped onto the EK 2’s ribbon. It featured a 1914 Iron Cross against a pebbled background. The bulk of the awarded pieces came from the workshops of Wagner & Söhne, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s leading Court Jewelers. Our offering today is a Jeweler’s/Wearer’s copy from another of the Kaiser’s House Jewelers, C.E. Juncker. It measures ¼” x 1 ¼.” The spange’s reverse reveals a depression where it was pushed in to secure it to the ribbon. The reverse also features their hallmark as listed below. C.E. Juncker Berlin S.W. This spange is in very fine condition and can be added to an existing 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the “25-Year” Oak Leaves. 

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  • IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - SPANGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE

    SKU: 09-1040

    $995.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE The Iron Cross forms a rich part of German military history. First introduced in 1813 by King Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, it marked a dramatic change from the past. Before, decorations and honors had been bestowed on officers. The institution of the two Iron Cross classes broke with this tradition by recognizing ALL soldiers, regardless of rank. With the advent of the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, King Wilhelm I (soon to be crowned KAISER Wilhelm I in 1871) again authorized the Iron Cross’s award to all German soldiers. Kaiser Wilhelm I’s grandson, Wilhelm II, then authorized a set of Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves in 1895 to commemorate the Franco-Prussian War’s jubilee AND the award of the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. When 1914 brought the beginning of WW I, Wilhelm II again authorized the Iron Cross’s award, but with a difference. He introduced a Spange (Bar) to be awarded to soldiers who previously had received the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. [PLEASE NOTE: Approximately 50,000 Iron Crosses 2nd Class were awarded during and following the Franco-Prussian War. Remember, by 1914 the soldiers who had been awarded the prior war’s Iron Cross 2nd Class were in their sixties. Obviously, a good number of them were no longer alive, and I have NO information as to how many actually received the Spange. Two important 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class recipients do come to mind, however, Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg]. The…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1 st CLASS - SLIGHTLY VAULTED - PINBACK - KO HALLMARK - PRIVATE-PURCHASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1 st CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – PINBACK – KO HALLMARK – PRIVATE-PURCHASE

    SKU: 09-1030

    $395.00

    This is a very fine example of a slightly-vaulted pinback, privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is 100%, with NO obvious flaws. I have seldom seen paint in as fine a shape as this. The frame’s beading is even. Its reverse sports an interesting, only slightly-swollen pin, which adds a certain je ne sais quois to the Iron Cross. As we look under the catch, we see a “surprise,” a “KO” hallmark. KO was a firm located in Stuttgart and the Reich’s purveyor for the bulk of WW I’s issued Iron Crosses 1st Class. However, ALL of the issued Iron Crosses were flat, NOT vaulted. [In my opinion, this cross was privately-purchased by an officer. He wanted something different from the standard-issue “KO,” but may also have liked the firm’s work. Perhaps he was a native Württemberg son and it was simply convenient to buy from them]. Whatever the reason, this is a very rare Iron Cross 1st Class. It would make a fine addition to a collection that already has an issued “KO” Iron Cross 1st Class. Under any circumstances, it would greatly enhance any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-708

    $450.00

    This is an unusual variant of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class I have not encountered its type before. It is a flat (non vaulted) example, similar to the type awarded by the government. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%. It has a standard iron (magnetic) center. The reverse is where we find its “unusual” part. The pin is unlike any I have seen on an Iron Cross in the past. It is almost like a safety pin. I have seen this type of pin on Gallipoli Stars manufactured by “B B & C Co.” Since this pin is less sturdy than a conventional pin, it most certainly was used on a tunic with sewn-in loops. It might not have been strong enough to pierce a wool tunic. It is a most interesting variant.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-684

    $425.00

    This is a slightly vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint rates at about 95%. The reverse features a thin, flat pin. The reverse’s center is .800 silver hallmarked.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-716

    $395.00

    This is a non vaulted (flat) 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint rates about 98%. A swollen pin appears on the reverse. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .835 silver under the pin.

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    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-678

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is of the low vaulted design. The obverse’s paint is quite charming and rates at 98%. Its reverse boasts a mirrored finish and a flat, swollen pin. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking is present. This is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class for any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-761

    $235.00

    This is a high-quality, low vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint is in very poor condition, showing some crinkling and cracking. Its reverse features a swollen pin. Something has been scratched on the reverse, but I cannot make it out. If you like your Iron Crosses salty, this one is for you. It is value-priced.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS  -  IDENTIFIED  - WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS –  IDENTIFIED – WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON

    SKU: 09-987

    $995.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS –  IDENTIFIED – WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON We are very pleased to offer this 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, complete with its original presentation case AND the cardboard carton in which it was shipped. While a certain number of decorations that appear in today’s market still have their presentation cases, finding one that also has its original cardboard shipping carton is far rarer. Naturally, the shipping carton helped protect the presentation case from scratches, but also was intended to thwart its theft. The simple brown carton measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 3.” A small 2 ½” x 2 ½” white label pasted to its exterior has the message listed below. It identifies the Iron Cross and warns that it may only be opened by its recipient. “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse Nur von dem Beliehenen zu öffnen” A red and black paper seal that once securely fastened the package on its way to the recipient is also included. The latter specified that it had originated from the “Preuss. General. Ordenskom.” Essentially, the box was not to be opened until it reached its correct recipient. The shipping carton is complete. The flap is complete. The black leatherette presentation case displays a gold Iron Cross on its outer lid. The case’s interior sports a white silk upper lid. A fitted black velvet base allows the pin to drop down and keep the Iron Cross flush. The case closes flush and is…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS -  ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON

    SKU: 09-978

    $950.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON We are very pleased to offer this 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class complete with its original presentation case AND the cardboard carton in which it was shipped.  While a certain number of decorations that appear in today’s market still have their presentation cases, finding one that also has its original cardboard shipping carton is far rarer.  Naturally, the shipping carton helped protect the presentation case from scratches, but also was intended to thwart its theft.  The simple brown carton measures 1” x 2 ½” x 3.”  A small 2 ½” x 2 ½” white label pasted to its exterior has the message listed below.  It identifies the Iron Cross and warns that it may only be opened by its recipient. “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse Nur von dem Beliehenen zu öffnen” A red and black paper seal that securely fastened the package on its way to the recipient is also included. The latter specified that it had originated from the “Preuss. General. Ordenskom.”  Essentially, the box was not to be opened until it reached its correct recipient.  The shipping carton is complete, although one side has come undone. [A spot of glue would easily solve the problem]. The flap is complete. The black leatherette presentation case displays a gold Iron Cross on its outer lid.  The case’s interior sports a white silk upper lid.  A fitted purple velvet base allows the pin to drop down and…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - "KO" HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1016 XBB

    $250.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK It is a flat, issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that sports a “KO” hallmark under its catch on the reverse. “KO,” a firm located in Stuttgart, was the principal provider of issued 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class. The paint on its obverse rates at 100%. The reverse boasts a fine sturdy pin in addition to the aforementioned “KO” hallmark. It is a wonderful EK in excellent condition. This is a consignment item.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - DOUBLE-PINBACK - WAGNER & SÖHNE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – DOUBLE-PINBACK – WAGNER & SÖHNE

    SKU: 09-1032

    $1,095.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – DOUBLE-PINBACK – WAGNER & SÖHNE. This is a very impressive 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross’s obverse displays fine detail to the crown, “1914,” and the “W.” The beading around the frame is most pleasing. The paint is first-rate with just a touch of age in one area, yet still rates at 98%. The patina to the frame is also noteworthy. The reverse reveals the Iron Cross’s prestige. A pair of pins extends down from the hinge to the dual clasps. I have not seen a double-pinback Iron Cross in more than fifteen years. I do not believe that I have ever seen more than two or three examples of a double-pinback. A special pair of sewn-in loops had to be added to a tunic in order to accommodate the double pins. The Cross’s final detail is a Wagner & Söhne hallmark in its center. This well-known Berlin firm was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal house jewelers, who produced some of Imperial Germany’s finest orders and decorations. This Iron Cross is in pristine condition, and of the highest quality. It was privately-purchased Iron Cross and is definitely officer’s quality, probably at a high-level, possibly even of noble or royal birth. The original owner was a man of style and taste who insisted on the VERY best.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - ENGRAVED VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ENGRAVED VAULTED

    SKU: 09-982

    $995.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ENGRAVED VAULTED This 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is a real treat on a number of levels. To begin, the Iron Cross is a high-vaulted example. Its paint is topnotch and rates 100%. The beading is also quite pleasing and the frame’s patina is just fabulous. As we look at its reverse, the Iron Cross just gets better. First, we note that the silver content is .935. This is the second-highest silver content that you will ever see on an Iron Cross. Only .950 is higher. Next, we see the engraving listed below on the cross’s four arms. Twelve o’clock arm: Elisabeth. Three o’clock arm: Tom. Six o’clock arm: Elisabeth (in Fraktur). Nine o’clock arm: Raimund. It is a spectacular Iron Cross in every way.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - FIELD-ENGRAVED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – FIELD-ENGRAVED

    SKU: 09-595

    $475.00

    Today we offer a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that has been field-engraved. The cross is of the flat (non vaulted) variety. The paint on the obverse rates at about 95%. The engraving on the reverse reads: “Hering Lt. d. R. R. I. R. 234 51 R” This means he was a Leutnant der Reserve in Armee Reserve-Infantrie-Regiment Nr 234, 51st Division. [We’re not positive of that final one, if someone out there knows better, we will correct it]. This is a fine example of a field engraved (most likely with a knife or bayonet) Iron Cross at a good price.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - HALLMARKED KO - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – HALLMARKED KO – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-753

    $650.00

    This is an originally issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in its original presentation case. The Iron Cross has very good paint on its obverse and a fine patina. The Iron Cross’s reverse displays the “KO” hallmarking under the catch. The presentation case is a black leatherette. The outline of a 1914 Iron Cross is embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside, the case we see a white silk upper half in fine condition. The lower half is fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross. This bottom half is lined in a dark-blue velvet. The case’s exterior shows the normal scuffing we expect to see.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - HIGH VAULTED - .800 SILVER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – HIGH VAULTED – .800 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-891

    $695.00

    Today we are offering a high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a very high relief example. The obverse’s paint rates 100%. The frame is extremely well made, with a marvelous patina. The reverse displays a very thin pin stamped with an .800 silver hallmark. The pin is so thin it is likely that the wearer would have used sewn-in loops on his tunic in order to wear it. This superb Iron Cross comes nestled in a presentation case.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - K.A.G. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – K.A.G.

    SKU: 09-768

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – K.A.G. This Iron Cross is a flat (non vaulted) example. Some wear shows on the right arm’s paint. Thus, the paint rates at about 90%. The frame has a bright finish on both its obverse and reverse. The pin sports a K.A.G. hallmark. It is a marvelous Iron Cross in every way.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - K.A.G. WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – K.A.G. WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-954

    $795.00

    This is a flat (non vaulted) Iron Cross of the issue style. The paint on the obverse is excellent and rates at about 98%. This is a custom-made Iron Cross. Its reverse boasts a fine, swollen pin. On the pin we see the manufacturer’s hallmark, K.A.G. The Iron Cross is housed in a black leatherette presentation case. The case is in excellent condition. An Iron Cross’s outline is embossed in silver on the outer lid. Inside, we see a white silk upper lid. The bottom lid is a cream color. The Iron Cross fits well in the case

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - KO HALLMARK - ENGRAVED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – KO HALLMARK – ENGRAVED

    SKU: 09-1015

    $750.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – KO HALLMARK – ENGRAVED This is an issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that was engraved by or for its recipient. The bulk of 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class was issued by KO, a Stuttgart firm. It is a flat (non vaulted) Iron Cross. The paint on its obverse rates at 95%. The paint is complete, but displays a flaw on the cross’s right arm. The cross is magnetic. Its frame has a fine patina, and its beading is even and consistent. After it was awarded, the Iron Cross was taken to a jeweler, who engraved the information listed below. 22.9 – 3. 11 1915 Karl Schamp Kassel Am Fasahenhof 20 Every engraved Iron Cross is different. This one’s dates of 22 September through 3 November 1915 are rather curious. Perhaps it was a battle in which its recipient participated that led to the Iron Cross’s award? Perhaps it was a period during which two men served together, and one offered the engraving as a gift? Why was the German city of Kassel mentioned? Did Herr Schamp reside in Kassel or was that where the two men knew one another? The line below Herr Schamp’s name is an address in Kassel (confirmed by a quick Google search). [I do not know what kind of building displays that address, but it remains viable more than one-hundred-years later]. Regardless, it is all a bit unusual and provides an interesting mystery. It is a handsome…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - LOW VAULTED - .930 SILVER HALLMARKED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – LOW VAULTED – .930 SILVER HALLMARKED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-835

    $895.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – LOW VAULTED – .930 SILVER HALLMARKED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is an ultra high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a very low vaulted example. Its silver frame has marvelous beading with a lovely patina. The paint rates at nearly 100%. The reverse sports a fine swollen pin, which shows signs of having been pressed into a tunic where it was worn. The pin is “wavy,” probably from piercing a uniform rather than using sewn-in loops. Under the pin is hallmarking for .930 silver. This is unusual, but that IS the hallmarking. The catch at the bottom that holds the pin is more delicately designed. This beautiful Iron Cross is housed in an early-war presentation case. Substantial wear shows on the case’s outer lid. That said, a decal for the 1914 Iron Cross was affixed, which has a small bit missing on its right arm, but is mostly intact. Inside the case we see the standard silk upper half, and a velvet lower half fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross’s pin. The Iron Cross fits into the case like a hand into a glove.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - LOW VAULTED - HALLMARKED FOR GODET - IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – LOW VAULTED – HALLMARKED FOR GODET – IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-953

    $850.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – LOW VAULTED – HALLMARKED FOR GODET – IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a very elegant, high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a low vaulted example that was privately-purchased. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%, with some loss of paint. The frame is very high-quality and displays a wonderful patina. As we examine the reverse, the first thing we see is a swollen pin, often found on higher quality EK’s. Stamped on the pin on the reverse we see “G” for Godet. Godet was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers and produced some of the finest decorations in Germany. The final detail is the decoration’s presentation case. The case has a decorative finish to it, with an Iron Cross outline in silver on its top. Inside the case, we see a purple silk liner for the case’s top half. The bottom half, which is fitted for the Iron Cross, is also purple. Structurally, the case is solid and in excellent condition. Overall, it is a very fine set that would make for an excellent addition to your collection. $850.00

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - LOW-VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – LOW-VAULTED

    SKU: 09-820

    $550.00

    The obverse’s paint is quite pleasing. It rates at about 98%. The obverse displays a fairly thin pin. It also boasts an interesting backing plate (for lack of a better term), which has been applied to the reverse as an additional layer. It is secured by a small rivet. I believe the pin and clasp were broken off at some point and someone fixed it by attaching this backing plate, which has a pin and clasp attached to it. It certainly is a most unusual example of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class!

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - MINIATURE  - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – MINIATURE – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-866

    $295.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 -1st CLASS – MINIATURE – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK This is a handsome three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class miniature. The cross is a HIGHLY vaulted piece. It is contained within a dish that sets off its high vault effect even more. The measurements for the Iron Cross portion are 5/8″ x 5/8″. The backing plate measures 11/16″ in diameter. The locking nut measures 5/16″ in diameter. This is a very delicate but superbly made piece. It is in top condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED

    SKU: 09-886

    $295.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a flat (not vaulted) design similar to EK’s that were issued. The paint is complete, although two areas on the three o’clock and nine o’clock arms show a change in the paint due to age. The Iron Cross’s reverse has a mirrored finish, but no sign of silver or manufacturer’s hallmarks.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED  WITH "KO" HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED WITH “KO” HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-509

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED WITH “KO” HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE A flat (non vaulted) 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class usually was an “issued” piece. Today we are offering one such “issued” EK 1 in very attractive condition. Its paint rates at about 95%. Its patina definitely is worthy of mention. The initials “KO” are evident under the reverse’s catch. During WW I, it was this particular firm that produced the bulk of issued 1914 Iron Crosses. Our example comes in a black leatherette presentation case. A silver Iron Cross, dated 1914, is embossed on the case’s exterior. Inside, the case sports a white, silk-lined upper-half. The Iron Cross nestles in the black, velvet, fitted-bottom. Some scuffing shows on the case’s exterior. All in all, this is a very handsome 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, with its original presentation case.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED - HALLMARKED .925 SILVER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED – HALLMARKED .925 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-897

    $950.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED – HALLMARKED .925 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE Today we are offering a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is flat (non vaulted) and is similar in style to presentation Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is in excellent condition. The frame and, in particular the beading, (which is as fine as I have seen) has a first-rate patina. As we examine the reverse, we see the same attention to detail. The catch is a bit larger than normal and has “superior-quality” screaming from it. To the catch’s right is where we really see the Iron Cross’s excitement and superiority revealed. It is hallmarked .925 silver. This is extremely high for an Iron Cross, as most that have silver hallmarks of .800. [I have seen a few Iron Crosses hallmarked .950, but that level is quite unusual]. Its presentation case is also quite striking. It is black leatherette and measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” Embossed on the outer lid is a silver Iron Cross that duplicates the Iron Cross housed within, complete to its 1914 date. Inside the case, we see a white silk upper lid. The cross is housed in the lower half, which has a brown velvet cover. The case shows a bit of honest age, but is visually and structurally sound. This is an amazing set and one of the finest Iron Crosses we have offered you.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-503

    $595.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in its original presentation case. The Iron Cross is of the flat, or non vaulted variety. The paint on the obverse rates about 90%. The patina on the frame is quite pleasing. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .800 silver under the catch on its reverse. The Iron Cross has an excellent mirrored reverse. The presentation case sports a silver embossed Iron Cross on the outer lid. The catch mechanism of the case does not operate. Some warping shows on the sides

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-793

    $650.00

    This Iron Cross 1st Class is of the non vaulted (flat) variety. The obverse’s paint rates at 100%. The reverse is hallmarked under the catch but I can not make out the hallmarking. The presentation case is black leatherette. The 1914 Iron Cross decal has lost part of two arms from age. Inside the case is a white silk upper liner. The case’s bottom is lined with black velvet. The Iron Cross nestles comfortably in the lower half. The Iron Cross and presentation case make a splendid combination. The Iron Cross in particular is in excellent condition

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-796

    $550.00

    This is a high-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross. The paint on the obverse rates at about 95%. On the reverse we see something that I find particularly interesting. Under the catch is hallmarking for “KO.” This firm, located in Stuttgart, was the primary producer of 1914 1st Class Iron Crosses. These were of the non vaulted (flat) design, however. I cannot remember seeing a vaulted KO Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very well made, and certainly makes for an interesting variation. It is housed in a black leatherette presentation case. Embossed in silver on the outer lid is an Iron Cross’s outline. Inside the case is a fairly standard white silk upper liner and a black velvet lower half, which is fitted to house the cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-831

    $895.00

    The obverse is quite handsome. It shows all the touches of a privately-purchased Iron Cross. The beadwork is even and well defined. The detailing of the iron center is exquisite. The paint shows modest age and rates at 98%. On the reverse is a superb swollen pin and a large catch for it. The presentation case is especially pleasing. It measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” The outer lid displays a silver embossed 1914 Iron Cross. Inside the case, the upper lid is white silk. The case’s lower half is covered in black velvet. It is cut to fit the Iron Cross. It is a great Iron Cross set for any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - PILLOW-BACK DESIGN - WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PILLOW-BACK DESIGN – WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1034

    $850.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PILLOW-BACK DESIGN – WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK. This is one of my favorite Iron Cross designs. It is flat rather than vaulted. Its obverse features generally good paint. Some paint wear is visible on the crown, “W,” and “1914’s” high points, which always see paint loss first. I rate its paint at 95%. The frame’s beading and patina are both quite pleasing. The cross’s reverse reveals the “pillow-back” design. Four small “pillows” are placed around the decoration’s edges to form a smaller cross-shaped center. This center point features the Warenhaus für Armee und Marine’s hallmark. [The latter was founded during 1887/1888 in Berlin. A military effects store similar to Berlin’s C.E. Juncker, it essentially served as a department store for army and navy officers in need of uniforms, headdresses, decorations, and so on]. The Iron Cross’s reverse displays a mirrored surface, which increases its appeal. It is also nonmagnetic, meaning it was more likely sold to a naval officer. It was quite common for nonmagnetic Iron Crosses to be sold to naval officers, so that the salt water would not rust them as it would those made of true iron. It is a most unusual Iron Cross variation that we are most pleased to share with you.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - PRINZENGROßE - WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK - .800 SILVER HALLMARK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRINZENGROßE – WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK – .800 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1035

    $1,095.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRINZENGROßE – WARENHAUS FÜR ARMEE UND MARINE HALLMARK – .800 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a handsome 1914 Prinzengroße Iron Cross 1st Class. The Prinzengroße Iron Cross originated more than a hundred years prior to WW I as a smaller variation of noblemen/royalty’s decorations that could be worn by their young sons. The term Prinzengroße means “prince-sized.” The youngsters wore uniforms that emulated their fathers,’ as well as headdresses and swords to accommodate their stature. By the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, it became more of an affectation among officers who preferred the smaller Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class over full-sized examples. By WW I’s advent, it had become even more unusual for an officer to wear the smaller-sized Iron Cross. This example definitely was privately-purchased AFTER its officer/owner was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. He had opted to purchase this cross from Warenhaus für Armee und Marine, a military effects store. It had been founded during 1887/1888 in Berlin. Similar to Berlin’s C.E. Juncker, it essentially served as a department store for army and navy officers in need of uniforms, headdresses, decorations, and so on. [As this cross is magnetic, the officer probably hailed from the Army rather than the Navy]. The cross measures 1.25” x 1.25,” and features some small patches of paint loss. I rate its paint at about 90%. The quality of the beading is first-rate. Its reverse features the Warenhaus für Armee und Marine hallmark, as…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - NON-VAULTED - .800 SILVER

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-1044

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER This very high-quality, privately-purchased, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is in fine condition. It is fashioned in the flat, non-vaulted style that is similar in appearance to the issued KO Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is mint and rates at 100%. The beading on the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is even, and the balance of the silvered portion displays an excellent patina. The 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class’s reverse reveals a swollen/cola bottle design pin, which always indicates a high-quality piece. It is also engraved for .800 silver. This is a highly-desirable item!

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - SEWN ON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – SEWN ON

    SKU: 09-942 XWB

    $550.00 $500.00

    It is an interesting variation of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a flat (non vaulted) example. Its condition is exceptional, with clear and clean paint on the obverse. It gets even better when we turn the cross over. The very first thing we notice is that it has no pin. It is not that the pin is missing; a pin never was attached. Instead, each of its four arms sports two very neat holes drilled into it, for a grand total of eight. This arrangement allowed the Iron Cross to be sewn directly onto a tunic, probably an officer’s. It is a very unusual mounting method. This is a consignment item.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - SLIGHTLY VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED

    SKU: 09-1031

    $295.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED. This is a lovely, privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 98%. No real paint loss is apparent, just some minor facing in the areas typical of a hundred-year-old Iron Cross. The beading on the frame is very even. Its patina is especially topnotch. A sturdy straight pin appears on the reverse. A square appears in the middle of the cross’s reverse. It is magnetic.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS WITH STICKPIN - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – STICKPIN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-833

    $425.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS WITH STICKPIN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE Today we offer a flat, issued-type, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class from the Stuttgart firm, “KO.” This is a flat, non vaulted cross rather than a privately-purchased, vaulted cross. The obverse’s paint rates at about 75%. It has substantial paint loss and even some light surface rust. On the reverse, we see the “KO” hallmark under the catch. A 1914 Iron Cross stickpin is also included. The obverse’s surface material is enamel, indicating a higher-quality stickpin. The pair is housed in a leatherette presentation case. The case measures 3″ x 2 3/4.” A silver outline of an Iron Cross appears on the outer lid. This little set is a real value, especially if you like your Iron Crosses a little “salty.”

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE PIECE SCREWBACK  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK 

    SKU: 09-736

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK This is a very slightly vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class three-piece screwback. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. As we examine the reverse, we see a repair where the screw post attaches to the Iron Cross. Extensive soldering is evident. A round backing plate measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The locking nut features a small handle. It bears the legend “Deutscher Offizier Verien,” along with an .800 silver hallmarking. It is good-quality screwback that is a bit “saltier” than we often offer. It remains an appealing example, in any case, and is attractively priced.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE PIECE SCREWBACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-325

    $375.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS THREE PIECE SCREWBACK This is a rather interesting variation of the three-piece screwback of the Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is low-vaulted. The paint on the obverse, while virtually complete (with the exception of the high point of the “W” in the center), has an unusual toning. Often, in Iron Crosses from 1813 and 1870, we will see a crinkling effect on the paint due to the age. This Iron Cross has the same effect. We do not often see this on 1914 Iron Crosses. In another 20 to 30 years this may be more common, but right now we just do not see it. This makes for an unusual “look.” If you want an Iron Cross that is a little salty, this one will be fine for you. The Iron Cross has a great patina on the obverse and reverse. It is not hallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. This is a very affordable screwback Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE PIECE SCREWBACK FOR KÜRAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK FOR KÜRAß

    SKU: 09-152

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK FOR KÜRAß This is one of the more interesting and unusual WW I Iron Crosses that I have offered to you. It is a screwback Iron Cross, and a VERY unusual variation. I bought it many years ago (as you might have determined from the early item number that we assigned to it). It is the one-hundred-fifty-second Iron Cross that we acquired after we separated the Iron Crosses from our general Orders & Decorations Merchandise Page. We are now nearing our one- thousandth Iron Cross. After years of sitting in a drawer, it is getting dusted off and made available to you. As mentioned, it is a screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is a high-vault variety. The obverse’s paint rates at 99%, which is near-perfect. The frame is spectacular, and the beading is even and quite striking. The frame’s patina is heavy and even. As we examine the cross’s reverse, we see that it is hallmarked for .800 silver. No manufacturer’s hallmark is present. The backing plate appears to be made of zinc and measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. A total of twelve small holes circle the plate. In the center, two holes appear where posts from the Iron Cross’s reverse extend. No markings at all appear on the backing plate. While two posts extend from the Iron Cross, only one nut is present. So, while the backing plate can be secured to the Iron Cross,…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-711

    $495.00

    This is a most interesting 1914 three-piece screwback Iron Cross 1st Class. Its unusual aspect is that the cross is a flat (non vaulted) example similar to the issued-style pinback Iron Crosses. The great bulk of screwbacked Iron Crosses is vaulted to some degree. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. The backing plate on the reverse measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. A locking nut secures the plate to the Iron Cross. No hallmarking appears for manufacturer or silver content. This is a value-priced, screwback Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-816

    $395.00

    This is a late-war, three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is ever-so-slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at 98%. The reverse displays a circular backing plate measuring 1” in diameter. The third piece is its central locking nut

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - .800 SILVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – .800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-786

    $675.00

    This is a low-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, in fine condition. It is a privately-purchased model. Its paint rates at nearly 100%. The frame’s detail and beading are quite striking. The frame displays a marvelous patina. The reverse features a threaded brass screw that secures the other two pieces together. It has a large backing plate, made from a base metal, which measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. Iron Crosses with large backing plates are sometimes referred to as Küraßiers’ Iron Crosses, because that type of backing plate was applied to the küraß’s inside. Under the backing plate, the Iron Cross’s reverse is hallmarked for .800 silver. This would make a great addition to an Iron Cross display, or any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - LOW-VAULTED - .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1025

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a lovely example of a high-quality, three-piece screwback, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The Iron Cross’s obverse shows good paint, overall. Some wear is evident on the highest points of the “W” and the “1914.” The frame exhibits a wonderful patina. The source of the patina is confirmed on the reverse by its .925 silver hallmark. This is an unusually high silver content. [The bulk of silver-hallmarked Iron Crosses only an .800 content level, and even those are unusual. ANY silver hallmarked Iron Cross constitutes a REAL plus]. The cross is also slightly vaulted. So, taking into consideration its low vault, silver content, and three-piece construction, it is a VERY special Iron Cross. Its reverse sports a backing plate and a nut to secure the other two pieces together (neither piece exhibits a silver hallmark). It is also worth mentioning that the Iron Cross is magnetic. This truly is an officers-grade, privately-purchased, custom-made Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION - SLIGHTLY VAULTED - GODET "L/12" HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – GODET “L/12” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1019 XBB

    $450.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – GODET “L/12” HALLMARK. Today we are offering a most interesting 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is very slightly vaulted, just a bit higher than a flat issued Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is in excellent condition, rating 100%. The frame has a fine patina and its beading is even and well formed. The reverse also reveals that it is a true, custom, three-piece screwback (consisting of the EK itself, an arched backing plate, and the nut that screws the backing plate down. The Iron Cross is also magnetic. The bottom of the six o’clock arm features an “L/12.” During the Third Reich era, numbers were assigned to decoration and badge manufacturers. These were unique to each manufacturer and replaced the hallmarking system used during the Imperial period. In this case, “L/12” was the code used by Berlin’s Godet, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and the Prussian royal family’s House Jewelers during the Imperial German Period. While this was a privately-purchased Iron Cross, it probably was purchased by an officer. Perhaps he had a need for an extra Iron Cross, lost or damaged his original Iron Cross, or did not want to keep moving his Iron Cross from one tunic to another. Whatever the reason, it made sense to purchase an additional Iron Cross. This is a high-quality Iron Cross. It deserves a place in a…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK WITH AN IRON-CROSS-SHAPED BACKING PLATE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK WITH AN IRON-CROSS-SHAPED BACKING PLATE

    SKU: 09-676

    $650.00

    This is a three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is a non vaulted (flat) design. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%, with some loss of paint on the cross’s high points (crown, “W,” and 1914). The Iron Cross’s reverse reveals a backing plate cut in the shape of an Iron Cross, always a desirable, high-caliber touch. A nut with a handle that tightens down over the backing plate and the Cross appears on the back. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmark is present.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - TWO-PIECE-SCREWBACK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – TWO-PIECE-SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-917

    $350.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – TWO-PIECE-SCREWBACK This is a two-piece screwback of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is non magnetic. It is also slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90% with some loss of paint on the high points (Crown, W, and 1914.). A one-piece backing plate screws onto the cross’s back. No markings for silver content or manufacturer are evident.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED

    SKU: 09-908

    $325.00

    This is a vaulted example of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. I really like its looks. The vaulting indicates it is a privately-purchased example. I especially like the reverse. Its obverse has good solid paint that I rate at about 98%. It has a fine patina and probably has never been polished. The reverse reveals no sign of silver or manufacturer’s hallmarks. What we do see is a “wavy” pin. Clearly the cross has pierced a tunic a time or two, which caused it to bend. It proves this Iron Cross has spent time in the field.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED

    SKU: 09-879

    $325.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted, custom example that was privately purchased rather than issued at the time of the award. The paint rates at about 95%. The reverse sports a fine swollen pin. It has no hallmarks for either silver content or manufacturer.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED

    SKU: 09-802

    $275.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint, although complete, is “spidery” looking. The cross’s reverse displays a swollen pin. No hallmarking appears, either for a manufacturer, or for silver content. From the look of the Iron Cross, I would say it is a late-war example.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED  IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-769

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%. The frame’s patina is very pleasing. The reverse sports a high-quality flat pin. The Iron Cross is nestled in a black leatherette box, measuring 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4.” The case’s lid displays an Iron Cross’s silver outline. A white silk upper lining appears inside the case. The case’s bottom is covered in creme-colored velvet, with a place cut out to accommodate the cross’s pin. It is a solid presentation group.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-615

    $525.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on the obverse rates at about 80%. No hallmarking for the manufacturer or silver content shows on the reverse. If you like your EK’s a bit more “salty,” this is a good example for you. It comes in an original presentation case. The Iron Cross’s outline is embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside are the standard, white, silk, upper lid and the dark-purple, velvet-lined lower half.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - VAULTED - THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-801

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – VAULTED – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK This is a vaulted, three-piece, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint is clean and rates at about 97%. The cross’s frame displays an excellent patina. The cross’s reverse features two small, domed nuts. Their posts were inserted through reinforced holes cut into the tunic. Mounting the Iron Cross in this manner stabilized the decoration. No silver or manufacturer’s hallmarking appears on the reverse.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - WAGNER & SÖHNE HALLMARK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – WAGNER & SÖHNE HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1039

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – WAGNER & SÖHNE HALLMARK. This is a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is similar to the awarded Iron Crosses 1st Class that came from KO. The difference in its quality, however, is amazing. The obverse’s paint rates at 100%. The cross is magnetic. The frame displays fine beading and a wonderful patina. As we look at the reverse, we see a swollen pin. “WS,” which stands for Wagner & Söhne, appears to the catch’s right. The latter firm, located in Berlin, was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s court jewelers. Wagner & Söhne produced some of the finest orders and decorations in Imperial Germany. This is clearly an Iron Cross purchased by an officer after he received his issued award.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS HIGH VAULTED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS HIGH VAULTED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-655

    $595.00

    This 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is a privately-purchased, highly vaulted example. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most highly-vaulted crosses I have seen in quite awhile. The obverse’s paint rates at about 100%. The cross’s frame boasts a ravishing patina. The finely made pin is of the swollen or “coke bottle” variety. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking shows on the reverse. The Iron Cross comes in a black leatherette case. It has a gold, embossed Iron Cross on its outer lid. Inside, white silk and purple velvet cover the upper and lower lids, respectively. While the case, which is in delightful condition, does close securely, one side of the case is slightly misshapen. A gap is apparent at this site.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS LOW VAULTED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS LOW VAULTED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-710

    $595.00

    1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in the presentation case. The Iron Cross is a privately-purchased example that is low vaulted. The paint on the obverse rates at about 98%. The cross’s center is magnetic. The frame sports a very fine patina. The cross has a fine swollen pin. It is not hallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. The leatherette case is quite solid, structurally. The outside front features a decal with an Iron Cross. The decal’s bottom is obscured where the “1914” would appear. Inside the case is the typical white silk upper liner. The fitted case’s bottom half is lined in purple velvet. Overall, they make a very handsome pair.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS NON MAGNETIC - SPECIAL BLUE PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS NON MAGNETIC – SPECIAL BLUE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-748

    $650.00

    This is an attractive, low vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is one of the lowest vaulted Iron Crosses that I have seen. Until you look at it closely, you might almost think it is non vaulted. The obverse’s paint is in good condition. It rates at about 98%. On the reverse has a swollen pin. The cross is non magnetic, but 100% correct. The presentation case is quite different. Its entire exterior is a deep violet-blue velvet. Inside the case, a 1914 Iron Cross is embossed in black on the upper lid. The fitted bottom of the case is black. The case and cross make most unusual pair, both are top quality.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS NON VAULTED WITH "CD" AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS NON VAULTED WITH “CD” AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKS

    SKU: 09-715

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS NON VAULTED WITH “CD” AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKS This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is of the flat (non vaulted) variety. The obverse’s paint is in fine condition. It rates at about 98%. The frame boasts a lovely patina. It features a manufacturer’s hallmark, “CD,” as well as an .800 silver hallmark (double stamped), on its reverse. The pin fits a bit tightly when inserting/removing it from the catch. Extra caution and time should be taken when one does so. It is a very handsome Iron Cross, and great for any type of collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS THREE- PIECE SCREWBACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS THREE- PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-697

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS THREE- PIECE SCREWBACK This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. The reverse reveals a backing plate cut in the shape of another Iron Cross, instead of more the commonly-seen circular one. The locking nut sports a small handle. This is yet another mark of the Iron Cross’s excellence. No hallmarking for manufacturer or silver content appears.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS VAULTED

    SKU: 09-593

    $295.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS VAULTED This example of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is vaulted. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. The frame shows a significant patina, as does the back of the cross. On the reverse we see a flat pin, which is pressed-in from constant wear on a tunic. It has no manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS VAULTED – .800 SILVER HALLMARKED

    SKU: 09-385

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS VAULTED – .800 SILVER HALLMARKED This is a remarkable variation of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is vaulted with some minor paint loss on the high points of the EK. This is common on a high vaulted EK where the high points extend further from the EK. The pin on the reverse is worthy of mention as it is pushed in. We often see this on Iron Crosses that have been worn extensively. The EK is hallmarked for .800 silver. What really caught my attention on this example is that the hallmarking is HUGE. So often we need to squint or use a magnifying glass to read the print. I would say that the .800 is a good 1/4″ tall!

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-885

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS Two weeks ago I offered a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that had an original safety pin with which to attach it. When I acquired that example, I also acquired a similar piece that I am offering today. This Iron Cross has excellent paint that rates 99% on both the obverse and the reverse. The ribbon measures 2 1/4″ and has an old black safety pin attached. It is a lovely presentation that shows how a soldier would have received his Iron Cross more than ninety-years ago.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-1024

    $65.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS. This is a good example of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that is in above-average condition. It does not have a ribbon or a jump ring, and is priced accordingly.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-1047

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS. This is an interesting variation of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Its short ribbon’s reverse features an attachment with a safety pin. The cross’s paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. CLICK HERE FOR ALL IRON CROSSES

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS  - IN A DISPLAY EASEL  (EARLY WAR AWARD) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – IN A DISPLAY EASEL  (EARLY WAR AWARD)

    SKU: 09-514

    $425.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – IN A DISPLAY EASEL  (EARLY WAR AWARD) This is an interesting display easel for a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The easel measures 4 ½” x 3 ½.” It presents purple velvet on its obverse, with a small peg on which the jump ring for the Iron Cross is hung. Below the Iron Cross, engraved on a small, silver, bandeau-shaped plaque is “Dinont 15 August 1914.” This is a very early war Iron Cross which would date t the first ten days of WW I. This man achieved a real act of bravery to receive such an early war Iron Cross 2nd Class. On the reverse of the display is the easel, which swings out when one desires to display the presentation. This is different and quite handsome way to display an Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - “KO” HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1048

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK. This is a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is in very fine condition, with a piece of ribbon that measures 8″ in length. The cross’s paint rates 100%. It is hallmarked “KO” on the jump ring. KO was a Stuttgart firm that provided most of the issued 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class, as well as many of the 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. CLICK HERE – FOR ALL IRON CROSSES

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - HALLMARKED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – HALLMARKED

    SKU: 09-771

    $95.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – HALLMARKED This is a fine example of a privately purchased 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is hallmarked on the jump ring but I cannot make out the markings as the stamping is very faint. This is quite unusual. The paint is in very fine condition. The frame displays a fine patina. The ribbon measures 3 1/2.” The ribbon has been sewn together.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT’S - ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT’S – ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON

    SKU: 09-1037

    $250.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT’S – ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON. This is a rather interesting 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that is mounted on a non combatant’s tri-fold ribbon, as was correct for Saxony or Austria. The cross itself is in mint condition. The paint on the obverse and reverse is EXCELLENT. The ribbon shows honest age and is clearly period-original. Non combatants’ 1914 Iron Crosses are fairly rare, and one appearing on a tri-fold ribbon is even more unusual, especially in such fine condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL BROWN PRESENTATION CASE MARKED TO A SOLDIER FROM HESSE-DARMSTADT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL BROWN PRESENTATION CASE MARKED TO A SOLDIER FROM HESSE-DARMSTADT.

    SKU: 09-550

    $475.00

    This is an interesting 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It has a presentation case measuring 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4.” Its exterior is a rich, textured, brown leatherette. No button secures the case; the top lid simply swings up. Attached to an unusual green-velvet upper lid (the upper lid is almost always silk), is a Hesse-Darmstadt veteran’s group badge. The case’s bottom is also lined in the same green velvet. (It is also unusual to have the same color for both top and bottom lids). In the fitted bottom is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. A very short length of well-used ribbon is attached to the case’s top. The hallmarking “KO” appears on the Iron Cross’s jump ring. This firm produced many of the issued 1st and 2nd Class Iron Crosses. This is a fine presentation.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE

    SKU: 09-794

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE This is a most interesting combination of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and its presentation case. As the Iron Cross was generally awarded in a simple paper packet, those that came in a presentation case were almost always privately-purchased. The Iron Cross is in exceptional condition, with 100% paint on the obverse and reverse. The presentation case is blue. It measures 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper lid is lined in red silk. The case’s lower half is lined in red velvet. The top part of the case’s bottom half has a small section where the ribbon is stored. The ribbon piece measures 4 1/2″ in length. The case also has a fitted section in which the Iron Cross resides. This is a different variation of the cased Iron Cross 2nd Class theme. No button is present for closing and opening the case. The top half, which is hinged, simply opens up.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-973

    $650.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in its original presentation case, which sports an unusual, arched-pentagon shape. The case measures 3 ½” x 3 ½” at the widest width, and 2 ½” x 3/4″ at its smallest. The black case is embossed with an Iron Cross’s image. The interior is white, with its silk-lined top stamped in blue with an Iron Cross and the words “Der Dank des Vaterlandes!” (The thanks of the Fatherland!). Its bottom is velvet-lined and molded to accommodate the Iron Cross. The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is inlaid with black paint, which rates at 100%. The Iron Cross is in great condition. NO chips are evident in the paint, and it displays very little wear. The jump ring is also intact. NO ribbon is included.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-733

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a fascinating 1914 Iron Cross that comes in its original presentation case. The case is a most unusual white leatherette, which measures 3 3/4″ x 3″ x 1.” The high-quality Iron Cross sports excellent paint on both its obverse and reverse, which rates at 100%. The frame has a superb patina, and shows signs of being silver. No hallmarking is present on the jump ring. Inside the presentation case is a white silk upper lid. Attached to the silk liner is a piece of diagonally-stretched original ribbon. The case’s black-velvet lower half is fitted to accommodate the cross. Resting on the base is a small piece of shrapnel measuring 3/4″ x 3/4.” It must have had some sentimental attachment for its owner. (Perhaps he was wounded with it)? Although we will never know the answer, this remains a very fine presentation of a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-839

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is in fine condition. It is hallmarked “KO” on the jump ring. Many of the awarded 1st and 2nd Class Iron Crosses came from the Stuttgart firm. It comes in a black leatherette case that measures 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4.” The case has the standard silk and velvet-lined upper and lower halves. A holder appears on the case’s upper half, but has no ribbon. This cased Iron Cross is value-priced.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-817

    $395.00

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - PRINZENGROßE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRINZENGROßE

    SKU: 09-1036

    $695.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRINZENGROßE. This is a very fine 1914 Prinzengroße Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Prinzengroße Iron Cross originated more than a hundred years prior to WW I as a smaller variation of noblemen/royalty’s decorations that could be worn by their young sons. The term Prinzengroße means “prince-sized.” The youngsters wore uniforms that emulated their fathers,’ as well as headdresses and swords to accommodate their stature. By the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, it became more of an affectation among officers who preferred the smaller Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class over full-sized examples. By WW I’s advent, it had become even more unusual for an officer to wear the smaller-sized Iron Cross. This example definitely was privately-purchased AFTER its officer/owner was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. He ordered it from a military effects store. The Iron Cross measures 1.25” x 1.25.” The paint on its obverse and reverse rates at 100%. A horizontal ribbon with a vertical band is attached. The ribbon’s reverse features a safety pin in place that enabled the officer to pin it to his tunic just as he had done with his issued 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The latter detail leads me to believe that it was an early-war Iron Cross. It is a splendid Iron Cross with lots of character.

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-1020 XMB

    $450.00 $350.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a consignment item. It is a striking 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the original presentation case. The red leatherette case measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 3 ¾.” Some scuffing on its surface indicates honest age. The interior’s upper half is covered with white silk. Stretched across that white silk is a white and blue ribbon that is embossed with an Iron Cross’s outline. The dates 1914 and 1918 flank the Iron Cross on either side. This band’s white and blue colors lead me to believe it was manufactured in Bavaria. The silk band permits the EK’s ribbon to be stored behind it. The case’s bottom half is lined in with burgundy velvet that was NOT fitted to hold the EK’s pin. The Iron Cross itself is a very high-quality example. The paint on its obverse is quite pleasing and rates at 98%. The cross’s frame features an excellent patina. A hallmark appears on the jump ring, but I cannot decipher it. The ribbon attached to the cross is well used, with significant shredding/running in its silk. This handsome 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and presentation case’s quality indicates that it is a privately-purchased, post WW I example.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION.

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION.

    SKU: 09-1046

    $25.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION. We have acquired a small hoard of N/OS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 6″ section for $25.00. We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS, CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - THREE DECORATION GROUPING - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – THREE DECORATION GROUPING – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 09-511

    $625.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – THREE DECORATION GROUPING – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA This is a most interesting presentation grouping including the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Military Service Cross with Swords 3rd Class, and the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This presentation comes in a deluxe, brown, leatherette box measuring 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4.” The outer lid depicts a central motif of a 1914 Iron Cross. Surrounding it is a Bavarian flag, oak leaves, and crossed cannons, all exquisitely executed in high relief. The oversized upper lid is lined in traditional blue silk, while a darker blue velvet covers the fitted lower (also oversized) half of the case. The lower half houses the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the Bavarian Military Service Cross 3rd Class with Swords. Above each of these two decorations is a small rectangle of the appropriate ribbon for each decoration. Attached to the upper lid (with the ribbon tucked into the liner) is the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This was probably a late addition to the grouping, at some point after the Hindenburg Cross was first issued in 1935. Multi decoration groupings like this are an infrequent find, particularly in such an attractive display. This combination is also quite scarce. It is splendid and shows this native son of Bavaria‘s pride of service.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-862

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE This is a post WW I veterans’ set, where a man combined his 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants that he received in 1934 (or later). The large, beige, faux-linen-covered case measures 6″ x 3 1/4″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper half is lined in white silk. The bottom half is covered in claret-red velvet and stepped. (That is, the upper section housing the Iron Cross is lower than the lower section housing the Hindenburg Cross). The two decorations are in very fine condition. The outer lid’s lower left corner exhibits some evidence of staining. A brass catch secures the case’s two halves. The case’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s tag with assorted writing on it.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) - CASED SET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) – CASED SET

    SKU: 09-853

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) – CASED SET This is a most unusual presentation of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and a Hindenburg Cross for Next-of-Kin (Widow’s Cross). Both come housed in a delightful presentation case. The case measures 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 3/4.” Its exterior is multicolored and stippled. This pattern completely covers the exterior and extends to its upper inner lid. The case’s lower half is lined in brown velvet, with fitted places for both of the decorations. These areas even include spaces for the decorations’ rings. Both the decorations are in MINT condition. It is an exquisitely stunning presentation.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-951

    $425.00

    During WW I the Iron Cross 2nd Class was generally presented in a very simple paper packet. After the initial award, a recipient might opt for another Iron Cross and could get one from any number of military supply stores or even jewelers. This fine example includes an Iron Cross that is 100% when it comes to the paint. It is about as good as you will ever find. On the jump ring we can see a maker’s mark but cannot determine what it is. The case is an unadorned black leatherette that measures 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8.” Inside the upper half we see a white silk liner. A diagonal green silk ribbon holds the decoration’s ribbon in place across the upper lid. The case’s bottom half is covered in green velvet. This is quite unusual. We seldom see green used. An alternative compartment for storing the decoration’s ribbon is also present. Overall, the decoration and presentation case are in fine condition and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANT’S RIBBON

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANT’S RIBBON

    SKU: 09-966

    $110.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANT’S RIBBON This is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class with an original combatant’s ribbon. The Iron Cross has excellent paint on both the obverse and reverse. It rates at nearly 100%. The frame’s patina is excellent, with a very attractive finish. An approximately five-inch length of original combatant’s ribbon is included.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL IRON CROSS-SHAPED BACKGROUND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL IRON CROSS-SHAPED BACKGROUND

    SKU: 09-912

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL IRON CROSS-SHAPED BACKGROUND This is a very interesting way to display a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. A mother-of-pearl shell section, measuring 3 ½” x 3 ½,” has been cut into the shape of an Iron Cross. It serves as a background or frame for an actual 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that has had its ribbon removed. The Iron Cross’ obverse has excellent paint, which rates 100% as does its reverse. It has a high quality frame, with a superb patina. A hallmark appears on the jump ring, and appears to be a “Z.” At the top of the mother-of-pearl frame is a hook that has been added to hold the EK in place. The frame’s back has an added device that serves as a hook to hang the piece on a wall. Some very slight chipping touches three of the cross’s eight arm points. This is a wonderful piece that combines German patriotism with an actual EK.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON

    SKU: 05-69

    $90.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON These Iron Crosses come complete with ribbon. These items are always in-stock. The photos shown here are representative of the Iron Cross you will receive and are NOT of the Iron Cross we will select for you. All are in fine condition. Iron Crosses offered at this price will be UNHALLMARKED. We do have several varieties of HALLMARKED iron Crosses which while available are more expensive. Please feel free to ask for what we currently have and we will be happy to assist you.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS

    SKU: 09-1012 (1) XRV

    $225.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 –  FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS 1914 Stars of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. They are all similar and hallmarked for Godet. [PLEASE NOTE: they are high-quality REPRODUCTIONS]!  A much-higher quality than some of the cheap reproductions one sees on e-Bay. [Only one original Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross ever existed, which was awarded to Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg and now resides in a museum]. Substitute to add to your collection. This is a consignment piece

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS

    SKU: 09-1012 (4) XRV-1

    $225.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 –  FOUR STARS OF THE GRAND CROSS 1914 Stars of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. They are all similar and hallmarked for Godet. [PLEASE NOTE: they are high-quality REPRODUCTIONS]!  A much-higher quality than some of the cheap reproductions one sees on e-Bay. [Only one original Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross ever existed, which was awarded to Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg and now resides in a museum]. Substitute to add to your collection. This is a consignment piece

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - MINI - MOUNTED ON BOW

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – MINI – MOUNTED ON BOW

    SKU: 09-855

    $95.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – MINI – MOUNTED ON BOW This is a miniature 1914 Iron Cross, measuring 1/2″ x 1/2.” It is one-sided, with that side featuring a 1914 EK’s information in enamel. The Iron Cross is then mounted on a bow, which indicates that it was made for a woman. Mounted on the reverse is the safety pin with which she affixed it to a garment. It is well made and in very fine condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - RIBBON - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION

    SKU: 09-1045

    $40.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION We have acquired a small hoard of NOS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 10″ section . We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS PLEASE CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE THEM FOR YOU.

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  • IRON CROSS - DECORATIVE HAND CARVED WOODEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – DECORATIVE HAND CARVED WOODEN

    SKU: 09-813

    $250.00

    IRON CROSS – DECORATIVE HAND CARVED WOODEN Wood carving in Germany has a strong tradition, not only in the Black Forest, but all over Bavaria, and in other parts of the country. Today we are offering you something that is quite different and quite touching at the same time. It is a hand carved, wooden Iron Cross. It measures 2” x 2” x 1/2,” and displays the true art of the holzschnitzer (wood carver) at his best. In the Iron Cross’s center is a beautifully crafted rose. The four arms sport other flowers and leaves. The piece is done in very high relief. The flowers jump right out at you. Please take a moment to examine our photographs. You will be certain to enjoy this item as much as I do. It has a jump ring and a loop attached at the top.

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  • IRON CROSS - PATRIOTIC FRAME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – PATRIOTIC FRAME

    SKU: 12-836

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – PATRIOTIC FRAME. Here is yet another example of Imperial Germany’s patriotic items from WW I. This is a horizontally-oriented frame that measures 5.75” x 6.” Its display area measures 5.25” x 3.25,” and is suited for a horizontal rather than a vertical postcard or photograph. The black wooden frame is very simple in design. A horizontal wooden strip, appears below the display area and features an image of a 1914 Iron Cross in its center. The frame’s reverse displays two swing-out clasps that allow the postcard or photograph to be inserted. The reverse also serves as an easel that would allow the frame to rest on a flat surface. It is a lovely, rather sentimental frame that shows great potential for displaying YOUR favorite postcard or photograph.

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  • IRON CROSS - PATRIOTIC METAL FRAME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – PATRIOTIC METAL FRAME

    SKU: 12-837

    $150.00

    IRON CROSS – PATRIOTIC METAL FRAME. This is a fine metal frame that has been made in the shape of an Iron Cross. It measures 6.5” x 6,” and features an oak and laurel leaf wreath that encircles the frame’s center oval opening underneath the cross’s four, cutout arms. The wreath’s top cutout displays a crown, while the bottom cutout features the ribbon that ties the wreath together. The frame was intended to be hung from the wall, and displays a loop on its top by which it could be hung over a nail. The frame’s oval center displays a CdV that is slid into place behind a glass protector. The CdV exhibits an NCO who wears a shooting badge and has a signalman’s patch on his right sleeve. His schirmmütze rests on a stand beside him. You could replace this CdV with another, or any other photo of your choice.

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  • PRUSSIA - CARD ALBUM - KRIEGS-DESPESCHEN 1870 & 71 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CARD ALBUM – KRIEGS-DESPESCHEN 1870 & 71

    SKU: 12-374

    $950.00

    If you are looking for something a bit unusual from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, this is it. This item is laid out as a book, but an unusual one since it has a hollow interior. The exterior is a very fine leather. The front cover bears the title “Kriegs-Despeschen 1870 & 71” with a full-sized 1870 Iron Cross. The faux pages are gilt edged, which is classic high-quality for book pages. A brass snap appears on the book’s side; when it is released, the interior of the “book” is revealed. Inside are four compartments which hold playing card-sized cards. These are reproductions of the official war dispatches that were issued during 1870 to 1871 describing the conduct of the war and the official news. I guess you could call this CNN-of-the-day in a box! These dispatches were released as posters or handbills so the citizens could see how their army was performing in France during this short-lived war. The four compartments hold, I would estimate, approximately 350+ of these various cards. I will photograph just a small sampling of these cards. I have not looked at them all. It will be up to the new owner to discover what treasures lie within. You will have hours of fun with this. I can assure you!

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  • PRUSSIA - HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN - A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS - 1871

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871

    SKU: 09-1049 XKA

    $2,695.00

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871. The Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen), popularly known as the “Virgins Cross,” technically was NOT an Iron Cross. Due to its appearance, however, it is generally classified as an Iron Cross. The decoration was authorized by Kaiser Wilhelm I and his wife, Kaiserin Louise, on 22 March 1871 following the Franco-Prussian War’s end. It was intended to recognize women and young women who had performed good works for the Reich. A total of 2,979 of these awards were made, with one of its most famous recipients being the USA’s Clara Barton. [Barton had worked tirelessly in hospitals to improve medical care during the U.S. Civil War. When the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War broke out she went to Germany, and again helped to improve medical conditions for the German troops wounded at the front]. As previously stated, the Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen) displays the general appearance of an Iron Cross. That said, it comes in Prinzengroße size, measuring 1.25” x 1.25.” Another of its major differences from other Iron Crosses is that both its obverse and reverse are made of enamel. Its obverse features a crown, with the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s intertwined initials “W” and “A” appearing below it. The date “1870/1871″ is placed below the initials. All of the latter are rendered in silver against black enamel. The reverse reveals a…

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  • PRUSSIA - IRON CROSS - 1813 - 2ND CLASS - PRINZENGROßE

    PRUSSIA – IRON CROSS – 1813 – 2ND CLASS – PRINZENGROßE

    SKU: 09-956 XTZ

    $4,495.00

    Today we offer a privately purchased 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the highly desirable and difficult to find Prinzengroße size. The literal translation for Prinzengroße is “Prince sized.” During the period it was not uncommon for the sons of aristocrats to wear uniforms, headdress, and swords similar to what their Fathers wore. As these uniforms were smaller, they needed smaller decorations to keep things to scale, thus Prinzengroße size. But then officers and aristocrats who wanted something different from their award decorations, might choose to wear a Prinzengroße sized award……

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  • PRUSSIA - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - SLIGHTLY VAULTED - 800 SILVER

    PRUSSIA – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – 800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-1054

    $395.00

    This is a very fine example of a privately purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It was most likely obtained by an officer. The Iron Cross is slightly vaulted which immediately makes it a non issue decoration. The paint is excellent……

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  • PRUSSIA - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1ST CLASS - VAULTED - .950 HALLMARKED

    PRUSSIA – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – VAULTED – .950 HALLMARKED

    SKU: 09-895 

    $495.00

    This is a nice private purchase 1914 Iron Cross 1st class. The paint is exceptional. The beading is even and has a first rate patina. On the reverse we see a swollen or coke bottle pin. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .950 for silver content.

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