Schinkel Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 By Schauerte & Hohfeld

An early Schinkel Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 was produced by Schauerte & Hohfeld, featuring a three-part construction, non-magnetic with nice blackened factory finish with a nice patina. Schinkelform crosses are comprised of Iron Crosses designed by Schinkel dating back to 1914 and earlier. The reverse of the Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 is unmarked but is attributed to Schauerte & Hohfeld from Lüdenscheid, featuring a blocked hinge and wire catch. This highly sought-after Iron Cross is considered extremely rare and was introduced before the implementation of PKZ codes, making it a valuable addition for any collector. The cross has no damage or repairs in good condition.

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Schinkel Iron Cross 1st Class 1939

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

During World War II, the Iron Cross was divided into three main categories: the Iron Cross 2nd Class (EKII), Iron Cross 1st Class (EK1), and the Knights Cross, which supplanted the Prussian Pour le Mérite or “Blue Max” due to Hitler’s disapproval of much of the old Prussian order, which was awarded exclusively to officers.

The Prussian Iron Cross of 1914, with its black and white ribbon, was replaced by the colors red, white, and black, as adopted by The National Socialist German Workers’ Party. A Swastika was added to the center, with “1939” inscribed beneath it.

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