Iron Cross EK1 L/50 Gebrüder Godet & Co Berlin

A very nice and rare Iron Cross EK1 L/50 by Gebrüder Godet & Co Berlin; multi-piece construction with nice blackened magnetic iron core and ribbed border, with the raised swastika in the centre with institution date 1939 below.  The reverse is plain with a vertical hinge, with a typical and early sword-shaped pin, with Godet hallmark L/50 below the needle hook.  The presentation case is in pristine condition, with a black leatherette exterior, and fabric interior base to secure the award.  The case measures 68.5mm (h) x 68.5mm (w) with a metal hinge and spring catch with a couple of minor scuffs on the exterior, overall the award is in very good condition.

Product ID: 4912

£765.00

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.