Germany – Iron Cross – 1st Class – 1914 – Vaulted – Godet Berlin
Often when we see a Godet 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class we see a “G” on the pin. Today we see a far different example in more than one way. The aforementioned Godet Iron Cross with the “G” on the pin was of a flat design similar to the “KO” issue pieces.
This Iron Cross is vaulted which is really a sign of a custom privately purchased Iron Cross. The black paint on the obverse is 100% complete. The detail to the frame is simply amazing. On the reverse we see a heavy tarnish of the cross which matches the tarnish on the obverse and screams silver even though it is not so hallmarked. This is not surprising as items coming from the Godet workshop were silver. As a provider of items for the royal House of Hohenzollern and Kaiser Wilhelm II they were assured of getting adequate supplies of silver.
The final detail to this really exciting Iron Cross is the coke bottle or swollen shaped pin. On that pin neatly engraved is “Godet Berlin.” I have not seen more than a small handful of this type of Iron Cross and never in as sparkling condition as this example. A must for the serious Iron Cross collector.