Iron Cross EK1 By Fritz Zimmermann With Case

An original Iron Cross EK1 by Fritz Zimmermann, Stuggart three-piece construction with a blackened iron core, within a ribbed border.  The obverse depicts a mobile swastika in the centre of a Prussian-style cross with the re-institution date “1939” embossed below.  The reverse of the iron cross has a vertical pinback, and barrel hinge with a flat wire catch; marked “6”.   The presentation box is covered in black leatherette with a silver iron cross embossed on the lid, with some light scuffs.  The inside is lined with beige rayon, with a push button hinge catch.

The medal has no damage or repairs, a few minor marks otherwise in very good condition.

Product ID: 5414

£585.00

Description

IRON CROSS EK1

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.