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Title Iron Cross, 1st class, 1914, screw-back
Nationality German
Period 1914-18

This is the well-known gallantry award for the Great War, marked 800 on the reverse (ie 80% silver). Adolf Hitler was awarded one of these as a runner in his Bavarian regiment in WW1. The screw-back variety is considerably scarcer than the pin-back type.

This has all its original black paint finish and has a two-part screw fitting on the reverse. This is almost identical to a reverse fitting in V.E. Bowen's authoritative book The Prussian and German Iron Cross, the second illustration on page 138, although in this case the cross is a curved example.

There is apparently the possibility that the male screw fitting elements may be replacements in the era of the cross's use, ie contemporary replacements. For instance, the screw fitting appears to be silver-plated brass, while the spinner appears to be silver.

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

[Militaria : Medals : German : 20th Century]


The parcel has arrived - at the time you indicated.

The sword lives up to expectations and looks even better than on the website. The detail and etching is superb.

Thanks so much for your help and the extra information.

R P, UK, 27.02.2016

Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015