This is a consignment item. It is a truly delightful 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the highly-coveted prinzengroße (prince-sized) class. It most certainly was a privately-purchased example, as prinzengroßes were not directly-issued. It was up to the owner to acquire this in addition to or as a replacement for his tunic. The cross measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” It is highly-detailed, in fine condition, and replicates in every way what we would see on a full-sized example. No ribbon accompanies it.
What makes this example especially noteworthy are the silver, 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves with the number “25” in their center. The attachment was first authorized in 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was intended to allow men to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the decoration’s award. Even better, it is in the prinzengroße-size! It is scaled to match the Iron Cross’s size. (I have seen examples that had a prinzengroße EK and a full-sized attachment). The attachment is attached to the jump ring rather than the ribbon. The attachments were mounted in both ways. This is a very clean, tidy way of getting the job done.
Finally, a correctly-sized prinzengroße ribbon is present that measures about 6 ½” in length. It simply is a superb presentation.