GERMANY – IRON CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS – GODET WITH PIN AND TWO SIDE HOOKS
In my opinion, the most elegant Iron Cross variant displayed a traditional pinback arrangement AND two side hooks. An Iron Cross such as this required that the wearer have three sets of loops sewn onto his tunic’s left breast to accommodate it. While its single pin is sturdy enough to pierce a wool tunic, the two side hooks are quite delicate. They would snap if one attempted to insert them through the tunic in the same manner. Very few jewelry firms offered this Iron Cross style, and no one did it better than Godet, the maker of this Iron Cross. One of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, the firm J. Godet und Söhne was known as a premiere provider of Orders and Decorations.
This Iron Cross is non vaulted (flat), which is how all issued 1870 Iron Crosses (approximately 1,300) appeared. The obverse’s paint is nearly mint. The frame that surrounds its black core is handsomely produced. The beading is even and problem-free. The frame displays a lovely patina that beautifully sets off the iron core. Its reverse displays the pinback arrangement with two side hooks that I described above. The two very delicate side hooks are present, and look just as they did when this EK was first acquired by the original owner. Sometimes the side hooks have been re-soldered, but not in this case. The clasp securing the pin is large and sturdy. [It is merely a small detail, but part of what one expects from Godet]. Finally, we turn to the pin itself. It is a well mounted, swollen design with the classic “coke bottle” shape. Expertly engraved on that pin is “Godet Berlin.”
This pristine 1870 Iron Cross 1st Class would make a superb addition to any collection.
This is a consignment item.