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Title Iron Cross, 2nd class, 1914
Nationality German
Period c 1914-18
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The Iron Cross was instituted in 1813 for the campaign against Napoleon. At the start of the Great War, the 1914 version was created as it had been for the war of 1870 against France.

Many millions of these crosses were made, but the rarity is in the ribbon, which sadly fluoresces under a UV lamp, which means, almost certainly, that it is of modern origin.

The non-combatant ribbon would have accompanied the cross when it was awarded to non-combatant personnel, such as nurses and those deemed to have performed a gallant act outside the immediate combat sphere. The cross itself is not in brilliant shape, a fair amount of its paint work having been lost over the years. However, the appearance is not unpleasant and the ribbon is in excellent shape, as you would expect for a modern copy!

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[Militaria : Medals : German : 20th Century]

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Today I received your flag. It's very nice and looks genuine to me. Beautifull crisp colors! It looks barely used. It's a nice addition to my ww2 collection. I would even say, one of my top pieces.

Thanks for your excellent service and top communication!

I will check your site more often to see if you have more nice pieces.

R D, The Netherlands, 21.04.2018

I received the sword and belt this afternoon. Always a bit of a risk buying this sort of thing online but I'm very pleased with the quality of the sword and scabbard...

P R, UK, 28.08.2014

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