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.