IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – GODET “L/12” HALLMARK.
Today we are offering a most interesting 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is very slightly vaulted, just a bit higher than a flat issued Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is in excellent condition, rating 100%. The frame has a fine patina and its beading is even and well formed. The reverse also reveals that it is a true, custom, three-piece screwback (consisting of the EK itself, an arched backing plate, and the nut that screws the backing plate down. The Iron Cross is also magnetic. The bottom of the six o’clock arm features an “L/12.” During the Third Reich era, numbers were assigned to decoration and badge manufacturers. These were unique to each manufacturer and replaced the hallmarking system used during the Imperial period. In this case, “L/12” was the code used by Berlin’s Godet, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and the Prussian royal family’s House Jewelers during the Imperial German Period.
While this was a privately-purchased Iron Cross, it probably was purchased by an officer. Perhaps he had a need for an extra Iron Cross, lost or damaged his original Iron Cross, or did not want to keep moving his Iron Cross from one tunic to another. Whatever the reason, it made sense to purchase an additional Iron Cross.
This is a high-quality Iron Cross. It deserves a place in a collection to illustrate the differences between WW I Iron Crosses and those from the Third Reich.
This is a consignment item.