Iron Cross 1st Class By Rudolf Wächtler & Lange

Original Iron Cross 1st Class by Rudolf Wächtler & Lange, Lüdenscheid.  Multi-piece construction with blackened magnetic iron core 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 a presentation case in black leatherette exterior, 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 with a few scuffs on the exterior, the award is in very good condition.

 

 

Product ID: 3892

£475.00

1 in stock

Description

IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

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.