Iron Cross 1st Class, 1939 Cased by Rudolf Wächtler & Lange

Original Iron Cross 1939, 1st Class Cased by Rudolf Wächtler & Lange, Lüdenscheid multi-piece construction with a blackened iron core magnetic with ribbed border, with a raised swastika in the centre with institution date 1939 below.

The reverse is plain with a vertical barrel hinge and flat wire hinge unmarked measuring 43.3mm (w) x 43.7 (h) weighing 20.4 grams.  The award comes complete with presentation case in black leatherette exterior, with an outline of an Iron Cross embossed on the exterior of the lid in silver, with the inner lid lined in white silk with a fabric interior base to secure the award.  The case measures 68.5mm (h) x 71.5mm (w) with a metal hinge and spring catch.

 

Product ID: 2066

£350.00

Out of stock

Description

IRON CROSS

The German Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz) is a former military Prussian decoration, awarded for bravery, and later restored by Adolf Hitler in 1939.

The Iron Cross of World War II was graded into three main categories the Iron Cross 2nd Class (EKII), Iron Cross 1st Class (EK1) and the Knights Cross which replaced the Prussian Pour le Mérite or “Blue Max” as Hitler did not approve of much of the old Prussian order award only to officers.

The Prussian Iron Cross 1914 with black and white ribbon, was replaced with the red, white and black colours adopted by The National Socialist German Workers’ Party. with a Swastika added in the centre with 1939 beneath.