This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a unique, framed presentation that includes an 1813 Iron Cross 1st Class in its center. The Iron Cross is imbedded in the presentation’s wool background, so I cannot examine its reverse. The obverse’s details are readily visible, revealing an attractively painted finish. The Iron Cross and the surrounding six, imbedded, oval-shaped cameos are NOT covered with glass. The cameos appear to be made of ivory. Beginning at the 12 o’clock position, we see cameos depicting the famous men listed below.
(Kaiser) Alexander von Russland
(Generalfeldmarschall) von Blucher
(König) Friedrich Wilhelm III
(General) von Gneisenau
(Freiherr) von Stein
The presentation is housed in a wooden frame that measures 9 ½” x 13.” It features gilt-toned embellishments. I do NOT think the presentation was framed nearly two hundred years ago when the 1813 Iron Cross was issued. Neither the frame nor the wool on which the Iron Cross and the cameos are mounted indicates two centuries’ worth of aging. The mothing and moth nips on some wool sections, however, DO suggest at least one-hundred-years’ worth, and perhaps a bit more age.
The frame’s reverse is every bit as interesting as the obverse. Its lower right corner displays Generalmajor von der Heyde’s signature. Above it is a portion of a letter regarding von der Heyde from 1835. The presentation certainly reveals a lot of character.