IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – “KO” – WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON
This is a consignment item. Every once in awhile we are fortunate enough to offer a cased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class paired with its cardboard shipping carton. That is exactly how a man received his Iron Cross 1st Class. Reflect for a moment on how difficult it is to find the leatherette presentation case, then imagine how much MORE difficult it is to find its cardboard carton. To begin with, the carton was extremely delicate. It could quickly disintegrate if it got too wet. It also would have taken a special person to retain the delivery carton once one had received his award.
The Iron Cross is flat (non vaulted), the standard, issued-EK style. Its paint rates at 98%, with just one very small blemish. The cross’s reverse has a mirrored finish. Below the catch we see the “KO” hallmark. Stuttgart’s KO was the primary manufacturer of awarded EK’s. The presentation case is covered with black leatherette. Its upper interior lid is covered with white silk, while the fitted lower half is covered with rich, purple velvet. The set’s real “star” is the cardboard carton. One of the carton’s sides is marked with a label proclaiming “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.” The label also warns that the contents are to be opened ONLY by the recipient. One carton side is a bit loose, but the whole package remains in one piece. It would make a very important addition to any Iron Cross collection.