IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – WAGNER & SÖHNE HALLMARK.
This is a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is similar to the awarded Iron Crosses 1st Class that came from KO. The difference in its quality, however, is amazing. The obverse’s paint rates at 100%. The cross is magnetic. The frame displays fine beading and a wonderful patina. As we look at the reverse, we see a swollen pin. “WS,” which stands for Wagner & Söhne, appears to the catch’s right. The latter firm, located in Berlin, was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s court jewelers. Wagner & Söhne produced some of the finest orders and decorations in Imperial Germany. This is clearly an Iron Cross purchased by an officer after he received his issued award.