. This is a consignment item. When I unwrapped this item, I was mesmerized. It is a very handsome 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The paint is very solid and rates in the 98-99% range. Its beading is solid and the frame displays an excellent patina. The 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves are attached to the jump ring. Upon closer inspection of the reverse, we find that the oak leaves actually are soldered to the jump ring, AND to the Iron Cross’s ring to which the jump ring is attached. This creates a very steady, sturdy mounting.
As exciting and handsome as is the decoration, the presentation/storage case is the real attention-getter. The case is quite large and made of either leather or leatherette. It measures 1″ x 5 1/4″ x 6.” Extensive, decorative gold designs surround the case’s entire perimeter. Its center displays a small decal that measures 5/8″ x 5/8.” The decal features an 1870 Iron Cross! Its upper interior lid is made of light-blue silk. In turn, its upper right corner diagonally displays a black and white Iron Cross ribbon. The case’s bottom half is covered with light-brown velvet. It is fitted to securely accommodate the Iron Cross.
A final detail that I would like to mention is the case’s exterior. As one examines the upper half of the case’s edge, one notes patches that show an extensive loss of the leather/leatherette. This has also marked the case’s lower half, but to a lesser extent. On the other hand, the case’s interior is pristine.
It is my personal opinion that this may NOT have been the man’s originally issued 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. I believe that he contracted with a jeweler to create this overall presentation in 1895, when the oak leaves were authorized. I have no doubt that it is at least 100-years-old. We recently sold a similar set that contained both the 1870 Iron Cross