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WILHELMKREUZ ANLÄSSLICH DES 25 JÄHRINGEN IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – WÜRTTEMBERG

SKU: 05-1654

$195.00

This is the Wilhelmkreuz (William’s Cross) for König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s 25th anniversary of assuming the throne. A civil decoration, it looks similar to the military’s Wilhelmkreuz that was issued with swords. The decoration is bronze-toned. It features the Württemberg crown at the top, Wilhelm’s royal cypher in the center, and 1915 at the bottom. It is rather interesting to note (I do NOT have an answer) that his 25th year on the throne was actually in 1916. For some reason they celebrated it early. König Wilhelm II sat on Württemberg’s throne from 1891 into 1918.
Nothing is on its reverse. The shape of the cross is considered a variation of a “cross pattee.” The original yellow and black ribbon indicative of Württemberg is attached to the cross. ITS reverse features a small black safety pin that extends through a rectangular metal piece. The presentation case is actually a cardboard carton, which IS never-the-less correct for how the decoration was awarded. The case measures 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 5/8″ and is blue in color. Embossed in silver on the front is “W. K.” for Wilhelmkreuz. Inside the case we see a sticker has been applied. The Württemberg Coat-of-Arms is in its center. Above that we see “K. Münzamt Abt. Orden.” Below the Coat-of-Arms we see “Stuttgart,” Württemberg’s capital, and also the home for KO, the firm that produced the decoration. If KO sounds familiar, it is because it is found on many 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class. KO was the primary firm that produced “issued” Iron Crosses during WW I. The bottom half of the case has a raised platform (if you will) in which the decoration is placed. It holds the decoration and displays it in a very tidy manner.
This is the first civil Wilhelmkreuz that I have been able to find. We are very happy that we have it in the presentation case. Both are in very fine condition.

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This is the Wilhelmkreuz (William’s Cross) for König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s 25th anniversary of assuming the throne. A civil decoration, it looks similar to the military’s Wilhelmkreuz that was issued with swords. The decoration is bronze-toned. It features the Württemberg crown at the top, Wilhelm’s royal cypher in the center, and 1915 at the bottom. It is rather interesting to note (I do NOT have an answer) that his 25th year on the throne was actually in 1916. For some reason they celebrated it early. König Wilhelm II sat on Württemberg’s throne from 1891 into 1918.
Nothing is on its reverse. The shape of the cross is considered a variation of a “cross pattee.” The original yellow and black ribbon indicative of Württemberg is attached to the cross. ITS reverse features a small black safety pin that extends through a rectangular metal piece. The presentation case is actually a cardboard carton, which IS never-the-less correct for how the decoration was awarded. The case measures 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 5/8″ and is blue in color. Embossed in silver on the front is “W. K.” for Wilhelmkreuz. Inside the case we see a sticker has been applied. The Württemberg Coat-of-Arms is in its center. Above that we see “K. Münzamt Abt. Orden.” Below the Coat-of-Arms we see “Stuttgart,” Württemberg’s capital, and also the home for KO, the firm that produced the decoration. If KO sounds familiar, it is because it is found on many 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class. KO was the primary firm that produced “issued” Iron Crosses during WW I. The bottom half of the case has a raised platform (if you will) in which the decoration is placed. It holds the decoration and displays it in a very tidy manner.
This is the first civil Wilhelmkreuz that I have been able to find. We are very happy that we have it in the presentation case. Both are in very fine condition.

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This is the Wilhelmkreuz (William’s Cross) for König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s 25th anniversary of assuming the throne. A civil decoration, it looks similar to the military’s Wilhelmkreuz that was issued with swords. The decoration is bronze-toned. It features the Württemberg crown at the top, Wilhelm’s royal cypher in the center, and 1915 at the bottom. It is rather interesting to note (I do NOT have an answer) that his 25th year on the throne was actually in 1916. For some reason they celebrated it early. König Wilhelm II sat on Württemberg’s throne from 1891 into 1918.
Nothing is on its reverse. The shape of the cross is considered a variation of a “cross pattee.” The original yellow and black ribbon indicative of Württemberg is attached to the cross. ITS reverse features a small black safety pin that extends through a rectangular metal piece. The presentation case is actually a cardboard carton, which IS never-the-less correct for how the decoration was awarded. The case measures 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 5/8″ and is blue in color. Embossed in silver on the front is “W. K.” for Wilhelmkreuz. Inside the case we see a sticker has been applied. The Württemberg Coat-of-Arms is in its center. Above that we see “K. Münzamt Abt. Orden.” Below the Coat-of-Arms we see “Stuttgart,” Württemberg’s capital, and also the home for KO, the firm that produced the decoration. If KO sounds familiar, it is because it is found on many 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class. KO was the primary firm that produced “issued” Iron Crosses during WW I. The bottom half of the case has a raised platform (if you will) in which the decoration is placed. It holds the decoration and displays it in a very tidy manner.
This is the first civil Wilhelmkreuz that I have been able to find. We are very happy that we have it in the presentation case. Both are in very fine condition.