This is a low-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, in fine condition. It is a privately-purchased model. Its paint rates at nearly 100%. The frame’s detail and beading are quite striking. The frame displays a marvelous patina. The reverse features a threaded brass screw that secures the other two pieces together. It has a large backing plate, made from a base metal, which measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. Iron Crosses with large backing plates are sometimes referred to as Küraßiers’ Iron Crosses, because that type of backing plate was applied to the küraß’s inside. Under the backing plate, the Iron Cross’s reverse is hallmarked for .800 silver. This would make a great addition to an Iron Cross display, or any collection.