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Title Iron Cross, 1st class, 1914
Nationality German
Period c 1914-18
Price £120.00

This is the classic gallantry award for WW1, given when the award of the EK2 was deemed insufficient recognition. Hitler wore one, earned as a despatch runner! This cross is maker marked 'KO', a prolific maker, particularly of 2nd class Iron Crosses.

Sadly, all the black paint has been removed and there is some minor rust patination to the cross. However, all the silver seams are intact and the silver frame shows average wear and tear for an item from this period. The frames on these 1st class Iron Crosses are almost invariably unhallmarked silver, as are the frames for the 2nd class examples. The pin on the reverse has a certain amount of distortion from use over the years and wobbles somewhat at the hinge end.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Medals : German : 20th Century]


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