This is a vaulted example of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. I really like its looks. The vaulting indicates it is a privately-purchased example. I especially like the reverse. Its obverse has good solid paint that I rate at about 98%. It has a fine patina and probably has never been polished. The reverse reveals no sign of silver or manufacturer’s hallmarks. What we do see is a “wavy” pin. Clearly the cross has pierced a tunic a time or two, which caused it to bend. It proves this Iron Cross has spent time in the field.