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
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.