GERMANY – PHOTOFRAME – IRON CROSS
This is a frame which is in the shape of an Iron Cross with an oval opening which allows a photograph or CdV to be placed. On the obverse there is also a wreath which is combined of oak and laurel leaves. At the top there is a crown. Above the crown there is also a small eyelet which permit the frame to hang from the wall.
There is a photograph in the center. It is a young uhlan wearing the ulanka tunic. We can tell from his shoulder boards that he is a One Year Volunteer (OYV). A OYV was a soldier who joined on a one year enlistment rather than the normal two years. In doing so he was required to pay for all of his maintenance in the military. Once their enlistment was completed they went into the reserves and if they showed the interest and ability they might reach the rank of Leutnant der Reserve.
On the reverse we see that this is indeed a CdV. It was produced from a noted photographic studio. This shows me that the young man was proud of his army service and had the means to go to a photographic studio.
This is a consignment item.