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  • Sale!  1813 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS FRAMED DISPLAY WITH IVORY OVAL PORTRAITS PRESENTED TO GENERALMAJOR von DER HEYDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     1813 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS FRAMED DISPLAY WITH IVORY OVAL PORTRAITS PRESENTED TO GENERALMAJOR von DER HEYDE

    SKU: 09-924

    $3,495.00 $2,995.00

    This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a unique, framed presentation that includes an 1813 Iron Cross 1st Class in its center. The Iron Cross is imbedded in the presentation’s wool background, so I cannot examine its reverse. The obverse’s details are readily visible, revealing an attractively painted finish. The Iron Cross and the surrounding six, imbedded, oval-shaped cameos are NOT covered with glass. The cameos appear to be made of ivory. Beginning at the 12 o’clock position, we see cameos depicting the famous men listed below. (Kaiser) Alexander von Russland (Generalfeldmarschall) von Blucher Körner (König) Friedrich Wilhelm III (General) von Gneisenau (Freiherr) von Stein The presentation is housed in a wooden frame that measures 9 ½” x 13.” It features gilt-toned embellishments. I do NOT think the presentation was framed nearly two hundred years ago when the 1813 Iron Cross was issued. Neither the frame nor the wool on which the Iron Cross and the cameos are mounted indicates two centuries’ worth of aging. The mothing and moth nips on some wool sections, however, DO suggest at least one-hundred-years’ worth, and perhaps a bit more age. The frame’s reverse is every bit as interesting as the obverse. Its lower right corner displays Generalmajor von der Heyde’s signature. Above it is a portion of a letter regarding von der Heyde from 1835. The presentation certainly reveals a lot of character.

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  • Sale!  1813 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING AWARD DOCUMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     1813 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 09-995

    $4,995.00 $4,195.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very interesting and exciting mini group that includes an 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class, its actual award document, and another document from some twenty years after the initial award.

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  •  1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH SPECIAL GLASS-TOPPED DISPLAY CASE/FRAME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH SPECIAL GLASS-TOPPED DISPLAY CASE/FRAME

    SKU: 09-945

    $695.00

     This is a consignment item. It is a most unusual presentation/display case for a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The case measures 7/8″ x 2 ½” x 4 1/8.” It is covered with black leatherette except for its top cover, which is made of beveled glass. This creates an imaginative way to display the Iron Cross. A catch at the front allows it to be opened for access to the Iron Cross. Once the lid is lifted, we see a fitted, light-beige, display platform for the Iron Cross. Just forward of the platform is a place for storing the ribbon. This rectangular area is covered with fine, white silk. In this case, however, the ribbon is attached to the Iron Cross itself. The Iron Cross is in near-mint condition. The paint is absolutely 100%. The frame’s patina is in eye-catching condition. The ribbon attached to the jump ring is sewn together. The last feature we must share with you is on the presentation case’s reverse. An easel is attached the reverse that swings out so the cased iron Cross could be displayed at an angle on a flat surface. Without a doubt, it is one of the most appealing, cased, Iron Crosses that I have seen. It is in top condition. 

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  •  EARLY WAR AWARD OF THE 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS IN A DISPLAY EASEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     EARLY WAR AWARD OF THE 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS IN A DISPLAY EASEL

    SKU: 09-514

    $425.00

    This is an interesting display easel for a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The easel measures 4 ½” x 3 ½.” It presents purple velvet on its obverse, with a small peg on which the jump ring for the Iron Cross is hung. Below the Iron Cross, engraved on a small, silver, bandeau-shaped plaque is “Dinont 15 August 1914.” This is a very early war Iron Cross which would date t the first ten days of WW I. This man achieved a real act of bravery to receive such an early war Iron Cross 2nd Class. On the reverse of the display is the easel, which swings out when one desires to display the presentation. This is different and quite handsome way to display an Iron Cross.

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  •  IDENTIFIED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     IDENTIFIED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON

    SKU: 09-987

    $995.00

    We are very pleased to offer this 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, complete with its original presentation case AND the cardboard carton in which it was shipped. While a certain number of decorations that appear in today’s market still have their presentation cases, finding one that also has its original cardboard shipping carton is far rarer. Naturally, the shipping carton helped protect the presentation case from scratches, but also was intended to thwart its theft. The simple brown carton measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 3.” A small 2 ½” x 2 ½” white label pasted to its exterior has the message listed below. It identifies the Iron Cross and warns that it may only be opened by its recipient. “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse Nur von dem Beliehenen zu öffnen” A red and black paper seal that once securely fastened the package on its way to the recipient is also included. The latter specified that it had originated from the “Preuss. General. Ordenskom.” Essentially, the box was not to be opened until it reached its correct recipient. The shipping carton is complete. The flap is complete. The black leatherette presentation case displays a gold Iron Cross on its outer lid. The case’s interior sports a white silk upper lid. A fitted black velvet base allows the pin to drop down and keep the Iron Cross flush. The case closes flush and is well secured. The Iron Cross is of the flat design that is consistent with issued Iron Crosses. While…

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  • Sale!  IRON CROSS - 2ND CLASS - 1870 - PRINZENGROßE WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     IRON CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1870 – PRINZENGROßE WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

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    $1,995.00 $1,550.00

    PRINZENGROßE 1870 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item and an absolute first-time offering for Der Rittmeister Militaria. The term “Prinzengroße” means prince-sized, and refers to medals that run from two-thirds to three-quarters the size of an original decoration (most often an Iron Cross or Pilot Badge). They came about from the desires of 18th and 19th Century noble and aristocratic fathers to outfit their young sons in exact replicas of their own military uniforms, complete with matching headgear, weapons and medals. Since these uniforms had to be tailored down to fit the youths’ smaller proportions, the accouterments had to follow suit. Eventually, the smaller decorations came to be favored by some of the adults, particularly from the Napoleonic era forward. By the time WW I arrived, Prinzengroße Iron Crosses had become quite a popular affectation among certain officers of noble and royal lineage. Today we are offering an incredibly rare Prinzengroße 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with its original presentation case. The Iron Cross measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” Attached to the cross is the loop where the ribbon was placed when the medal was displayed on a tunic. While the Iron Cross itself is noteworthy, the presentation case is what makes it so rare. This is the FIRST time I have seen an Iron Cross 2nd Class’s case! I had seen the case for the 1st Class award occasionally, but NEVER before beheld one for the 2nd Class – until now.…

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  • Sale!  NON COMBATANT’S 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS - PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     NON COMBATANT’S 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-932

    $1,395.00 $1,095.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a perfectly delightful example of an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the non combatant’s ribbon in a presentation case. The Iron Cross is in wonderful condition, with very solid paint that rates at about 97%. It is my belief this a privately-purchased set that was acquired some while after the initial award. Its presentation case is a simple, solid-black, leatherette case that is in excellent condition. It measures 3/4″ x 2 11/16″ x 3 1/4.” The upper lid is covered with white silk. It boasts two straps that permit the ribbon to be folded and supported in the case. The non combatant’s ribbon measures 6″ in length. The case’s light-brown velvet lower half is fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross. It is a very handsome presentation.

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  • Sale! "KO" IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    “KO” IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON

    SKU: 09-940

    $950.00 $850.00

    This is a consignment item. Every once in awhile we are fortunate enough to offer a cased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class paired with its cardboard shipping carton. That is exactly how a man received his Iron Cross 1st Class. Reflect for a moment on how difficult it is to find the leatherette presentation case, then imagine how much MORE difficult it is to find its cardboard carton. To begin with, the carton was extremely delicate. It could quickly disintegrate if it got too wet. It also would have taken a special person to retain the delivery carton once one had received his award. The Iron Cross is flat (non vaulted), the standard, issued-EK style. Its paint rates at 98%, with just one very small blemish. The cross’s reverse has a mirrored finish. Below the catch we see the “KO” hallmark. Stuttgart’s KO was the primary manufacturer of awarded EK’s. The presentation case is covered with black leatherette. Its upper interior lid is covered with white silk, while the fitted lower half is covered with rich, purple velvet. The set’s real “star” is the cardboard carton. One of the carton’s sides is marked with a label proclaiming “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.” The label also warns that the contents are to be opened ONLY by the recipient. One carton side is a bit loose, but the whole package remains in one piece. It would make a very important addition to any Iron Cross collection.

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  • $475.00 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    $475.00

    SKU: 09-550

    $475.00

    This is an interesting 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It has a presentation case measuring 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4.” Its exterior is a rich, textured, brown leatherette. No button secures the case; the top lid simply swings up. Attached to an unusual green-velvet upper lid (the upper lid is almost always silk), is a Hesse-Darmstadt veteran’s group badge. The case’s bottom is also lined in the same green velvet. (It is also unusual to have the same color for both top and bottom lids). In the fitted bottom is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. A very short length of well-used ribbon is attached to the case’s top. The hallmarking “KO” appears on the Iron Cross’s jump ring. This firm produced many of the issued 1st and 2nd Class Iron Crosses. This is a fine presentation.

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  • 09-951 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    09-951 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-951

    $425.00

    During WW I the Iron Cross 2nd Class was generally presented in a very simple paper packet. After the initial award, a recipient might opt for another Iron Cross and could get one from any number of military supply stores or even jewelers. This fine example includes an Iron Cross that is 100% when it comes to the paint. It is about as good as you will ever find. On the jump ring we can see a maker’s mark but cannot determine what it is. The case is an unadorned black leatherette that measures 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8.” Inside the upper half we see a white silk liner. A diagonal green silk ribbon holds the decoration’s ribbon in place across the upper lid. The case’s bottom half is covered in green velvet. This is quite unusual. We seldom see green used. An alternative compartment for storing the decoration’s ribbon is also present. Overall, the decoration and presentation case are in fine condition and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

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  • 1870 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-257

    $2,795.00

    This is a most interesting private-purchase example of the 1870 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is, of course, of the flat, or non vaulted, variety. What really makes this example unique is that it is has four loops on the reverse to sew it onto a tunic as opposed to being the more commonly seen pinback. This system of affixing the Iron Cross to the tunic was used for 1813 Iron Crosses, which sometimes used four and eight loops. This system was used from time to time for 1914 Iron Crosses, but rarely. There is no manufacturer hallmarking on this Iron Cross. The cross and the patina to it exhibit honest wear. A very unusual example compared with the more commonly seen Godet and Wagner 1870 Iron Crosses. This Iron Cross really has a lot of personality.

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS - PRINZENGROßE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – PRINZENGROßE

    SKU: 09-934

    $895.00 $725.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a truly delightful 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the highly-coveted prinzengroße (prince-sized) class. It most certainly was a privately-purchased example, as prinzengroßes were not directly-issued. It was up to the owner to acquire this in addition to or as a replacement for his tunic. The cross measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” It is highly-detailed, in fine condition, and replicates in every way what we would see on a full-sized example. No ribbon accompanies this Iron Cross.

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES WITH RED-EAGLE-STYLE PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES WITH RED-EAGLE-STYLE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-931

    $1,295.00 $1,050.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very handsome presentation of a high-quality 1870 Iron Cross in top condition. Its paint is nearly-perfect. It comes from a manufacturer who cared about his work and wanted to present a top-shelf product. He was completely successful in this effort! As handsome as the Iron Cross is, the 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves are the real stars. Their silver sports a high, frosted finish that just glows where it is attached to the ribbon. Speaking of the ribbon, it is extra-long, measuring approximately 9″ in length (it is folded in half and sewn together). The Iron Cross is housed in an INcorrect red leatherette case. The case measures 3/4″ x 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8.” It is similar to, or IS, a Red Eagle Order 3rd or 4th Class’s case. The case has black silk and velvet lining its inner top and bottom halves. It also sports a most-handsome gold trim around its lower half.

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS FOR NON COMBATANTS WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR OAK LEAVES MOUNTED ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS FOR NON COMBATANTS WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR OAK LEAVES MOUNTED ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON

    SKU: 09-960

    $1,395.00 $1,195.00

    This is a consignment item. In 1895 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the award of Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves for the 1870 Iron Cross. This was for veterans who were awarded the 1870 EK during the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent years, as awards caught up with all those deemed worthy. Furthermore, they remained in the reich’s service. This 1870 Iron Cross is in very fine condition, both on its obverse and reverse. I believe it was not an issued piece, but instead was sold as a full rig with the Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves attached. Its paint is even and just beginning to “crinkle,” as we so often see on 19th Century Iron Crosses. The “25” year device sports a fine, frosted-silver finish. What makes this Iron Cross special is all about the ribbon. The ribbon boasts a wide, white, central panel flanked by two thinner black bands, which means it is for Non Combatants. The ribbon’s other distinctive feature is that it is a tri-fold. Although Austrians folded their ribbons in this manner, they did NOT participate in the Franco-Prussian War. Thus, the ribbon most probably was for a soldier from Saxony. The ribbon makes the Iron Cross quite distinctive, as well as quite scarce. Both ribbon and cross are in top condition.

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES - DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES – DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-930

    $2,495.00 $1,995.00

    This is a consignment item. When I unwrapped this item, I was mesmerized. It is a very handsome 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The paint is very solid and rates in the 98-99% range. Its beading is solid and the frame displays an excellent patina. The 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves are attached to the jump ring. Upon closer inspection of the reverse, we find that the oak leaves actually are soldered to the jump ring, AND to the Iron Cross’s ring to which the jump ring is attached. This creates a very steady, sturdy mounting. As exciting and handsome as is the decoration, the presentation/storage case is the real attention-getter. The case is quite large and made of either leather or leatherette. It measures 1″ x 5 1/4″ x 6.” Extensive, decorative gold designs surround the case’s entire perimeter. Its center displays a small decal that measures 5/8″ x 5/8.” The decal features an 1870 Iron Cross! Its upper interior lid is made of light-blue silk. In turn, its upper right corner diagonally displays a black and white Iron Cross ribbon. The case’s bottom half is covered with light-brown velvet. It is fitted to securely accommodate the Iron Cross. A final detail that I would like to mention is the case’s exterior. As one examines the upper half of the case’s edge, one notes patches that show an extensive loss of the leather/leatherette. This has also marked the case’s lower half, but to a lesser extent. On the other hand,…

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES - PRINZENGROßE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES – PRINZENGROßE

    SKU: 09-935

    $1,450.00 $1,095.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a truly delightful 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the highly-coveted prinzengroße (prince-sized) class. It most certainly was a privately-purchased example, as prinzengroßes were not directly-issued. It was up to the owner to acquire this in addition to or as a replacement for his tunic. The cross measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” It is highly-detailed, in fine condition, and replicates in every way what we would see on a full-sized example. No ribbon accompanies it. What makes this example especially noteworthy are the silver, 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves with the number “25” in their center. The attachment was first authorized in 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was intended to allow men to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the decoration’s award. Even better, it is in the prinzengroße-size! It is scaled to match the Iron Cross’s size. (I have seen examples that had a prinzengroße EK and a full-sized attachment). The attachment is attached to the jump ring rather than the ribbon. The attachments were mounted in both ways. This is a very clean, tidy way of getting the job done. Finally, a correctly-sized prinzengroße ribbon is present that measures about 6 ½” in length. It simply is a superb presentation.

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  • Sale! 1870 IRON CROSS WITH TRI-FOLD RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 IRON CROSS WITH TRI-FOLD RIBBON

    SKU: 09-937

    $695.00 $575.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a quite unusual 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Usually, when we see a tri-fold ribbon, we think of Austrian decorations. While this is often the case, we must remember that the Kingdom of Saxony also occasionally used the tri-fold ribbon. I believe it is true for THIS 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Saxon Army fought as an Armeekorps during the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, commanded by Saxon officers under Prussian generals’ supervision. The Iron Cross has solid black paint on both the obverse and reverse. The ribbon is a tri-fold, in very fine condition.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-708

    $450.00

    This is an unusual variant of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class I have not encountered its type before. It is a flat (non vaulted) example, similar to the type awarded by the government. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%. It has a standard iron (magnetic) center. The reverse is where we find its “unusual” part. The pin is unlike any I have seen on an Iron Cross in the past. It is almost like a safety pin. I have seen this type of pin on Gallipoli Stars manufactured by “B B & C Co.” Since this pin is less sturdy than a conventional pin, it most certainly was used on a tunic with sewn-in loops. It might not have been strong enough to pierce a wool tunic. It is a most interesting variant.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-716

    $395.00

    This is a non vaulted (flat) 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint rates about 98%. A swollen pin appears on the reverse. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .835 silver under the pin.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS

    SKU: 09-725

    $295.00

    This is a pinback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in good condition. The obverse’s paint is excellent. The frame has a fine patina. No hallmarking shows for silver content or manufacturer. This example certainly has the look of a silver piece, however, even though not silver-hallmarked.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-761

    $235.00

    This is a high-quality, low vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint is in very poor condition, showing some crinkling and cracking. Its reverse features a swollen pin. Something has been scratched on the reverse, but I cannot make it out. If you like your Iron Crosses salty, this one is for you. It is value-priced.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - FIELD-ENGRAVED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – FIELD-ENGRAVED

    SKU: 09-595

    $475.00

    Today we offer a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that has been field-engraved. The cross is of the flat (non vaulted) variety. The paint on the obverse rates at about 95%. The engraving on the reverse reads: “Hering Lt. d. R. R. I. R. 234 51 R” This means he was a Leutnant der Reserve in Armee Reserve-Infantrie-Regiment Nr 234, 51st Division. [We’re not positive of that final one, if someone out there knows better, we will correct it]. This is a fine example of a field engraved (most likely with a knife or bayonet) Iron Cross at a good price.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - HALLMARKED KO - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – HALLMARKED KO – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-753

    $650.00

    This is an originally issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in its original presentation case. The Iron Cross has very good paint on its obverse and a fine patina. The Iron Cross’s reverse displays the “KO” hallmarking under the catch. The presentation case is a black leatherette. The outline of a 1914 Iron Cross is embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside, the case we see a white silk upper half in fine condition. The lower half is fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross. This bottom half is lined in a dark-blue velvet. The case’s exterior shows the normal scuffing we expect to see.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - HIGH VAULTED - .800 SILVER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – HIGH VAULTED – .800 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-891

    $695.00

    Today we are offering a high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a very high relief example. The obverse’s paint rates 100%. The frame is extremely well made, with a marvelous patina. The reverse displays a very thin pin stamped with an .800 silver hallmark. The pin is so thin it is likely that the wearer would have used sewn-in loops on his tunic in order to wear it. This superb Iron Cross comes nestled in a presentation case.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - K.A.G. WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – K.A.G. WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-954

    $795.00

    This is a flat (non vaulted) Iron Cross of the issue style. The paint on the obverse is excellent and rates at about 98%. This is a custom-made Iron Cross. Its reverse boasts a fine, swollen pin. On the pin we see the manufacturer’s hallmark, K.A.G. The Iron Cross is housed in a black leatherette presentation case. The case is in excellent condition. An Iron Cross’s outline is embossed in silver on the outer lid. Inside, we see a white silk upper lid. The bottom lid is a cream color. The Iron Cross fits well in the case

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - LOW VAULTED - .930 SILVER HALLMARKED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – LOW VAULTED – .930 SILVER HALLMARKED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-835

    $895.00

    This is an ultra high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a very low vaulted example. Its silver frame has marvelous beading with a lovely patina. The paint rates at nearly 100%. The reverse sports a fine swollen pin, which shows signs of having been pressed into a tunic where it was worn. The pin is “wavy,” probably from piercing a uniform rather than using sewn-in loops. Under the pin is hallmarking for .930 silver. This is unusual, but that IS the hallmarking. The catch at the bottom that holds the pin is more delicately designed. This beautiful Iron Cross is housed in an early-war presentation case. Substantial wear shows on the case’s outer lid. That said, a decal for the 1914 Iron Cross was affixed, which has a small bit missing on its right arm, but is mostly intact. Inside the case we see the standard silk upper half, and a velvet lower half fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross’s pin. The Iron Cross fits into the case like a hand into a glove.

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - LOW-VAULTED. This is a very low-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – LOW-VAULTED. This is a very low-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class

    SKU: 09-820

    $550.00

    The obverse’s paint is quite pleasing. It rates at about 98%. The obverse displays a fairly thin pin. It also boasts an interesting backing plate (for lack of a better term), which has been applied to the reverse as an additional layer. It is secured by a small rivet. I believe the pin and clasp were broken off at some point and someone fixed it by attaching this backing plate, which has a pin and clasp attached to it. It certainly is a most unusual example of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class!

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - NON VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-503

    $595.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in its original presentation case. The Iron Cross is of the flat, or non vaulted variety. The paint on the obverse rates about 90%. The patina on the frame is quite pleasing. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .800 silver under the catch on its reverse. The Iron Cross has an excellent mirrored reverse. The presentation case sports a silver embossed Iron Cross on the outer lid. The catch mechanism of the case does not operate. Some warping shows on the sides

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-793

    $650.00

    This Iron Cross 1st Class is of the non vaulted (flat) variety. The obverse’s paint rates at 100%. The reverse is hallmarked under the catch but I can not make out the hallmarking. The presentation case is black leatherette. The 1914 Iron Cross decal has lost part of two arms from age. Inside the case is a white silk upper liner. The case’s bottom is lined with black velvet. The Iron Cross nestles comfortably in the lower half. The Iron Cross and presentation case make a splendid combination. The Iron Cross in particular is in excellent condition

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-796

    $550.00

    This is a high-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross. The paint on the obverse rates at about 95%. On the reverse we see something that I find particularly interesting. Under the catch is hallmarking for “KO.” This firm, located in Stuttgart, was the primary producer of 1914 1st Class Iron Crosses. These were of the non vaulted (flat) design, however. I cannot remember seeing a vaulted KO Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very well made, and certainly makes for an interesting variation. It is housed in a black leatherette presentation case. Embossed in silver on the outer lid is an Iron Cross’s outline. Inside the case is a fairly standard white silk upper liner and a black velvet lower half, which is fitted to house the cross.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a top quality example of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class

    SKU: 09-831

    $895.00

    The obverse is quite handsome. It shows all the touches of a privately-purchased Iron Cross. The beadwork is even and well defined. The detailing of the iron center is exquisite. The paint shows modest age and rates at 98%. On the reverse is a superb swollen pin and a large catch for it. The presentation case is especially pleasing. It measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” The outer lid displays a silver embossed 1914 Iron Cross. Inside the case, the upper lid is white silk. The case’s lower half is covered in black velvet. It is cut to fit the Iron Cross. It is a great Iron Cross set for any collection.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – SEWN ON

    SKU: 09-942

    $550.00 $500.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an interesting variation of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a flat (non vaulted) example. Its condition is exceptional, with clear and clean paint on the obverse. It gets even better when we turn the cross over. The very first thing we notice is that it has no pin. It is not that the pin is missing; a pin never was attached. Instead, each of its four arms sports two very neat holes drilled into it, for a grand total of eight. This arrangement allowed the Iron Cross to be sewn directly onto a tunic, probably an officer’s. It is a very unusual mounting method.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – .800 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-723

    $695.00

    This is a lovely 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class pinback. It is ever so slightly vaulted. Unless you look closely, you may miss the fact that it IS a vaulted example. The obverse’s paint is excellent. It rates at 100%. The frame’s patina is noteworthy. On the reverse has further indications of a fine patina. The pin is hallmarked for .800 silver. The presentation case is black leatherette, with an Iron Cross’s silver outline embossed on its lid. Inside the case is a standard silk liner (white), and a velvet-lined (black) lower half fitted to hold the Iron Cross. It is a superior presentation of an ultra high quality Iron Cross and its matching case, in fine condition.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-711

    $495.00

    This is a most interesting 1914 three-piece screwback Iron Cross 1st Class. Its unusual aspect is that the cross is a flat (non vaulted) example similar to the issued-style pinback Iron Crosses. The great bulk of screwbacked Iron Crosses is vaulted to some degree. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. The backing plate on the reverse measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. A locking nut secures the plate to the Iron Cross. No hallmarking appears for manufacturer or silver content. This is a value-priced, screwback Iron Cross.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-816

    $0.40

    This is a late-war, three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is ever-so-slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at 98%. The reverse displays a circular backing plate measuring 1” in diameter. The third piece is its central locking nut

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – .800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-786

    $675.00

    This is a low-vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, in fine condition. It is a privately-purchased model. Its paint rates at nearly 100%. The frame’s detail and beading are quite striking. The frame displays a marvelous patina. The reverse features a threaded brass screw that secures the other two pieces together. It has a large backing plate, made from a base metal, which measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. Iron Crosses with large backing plates are sometimes referred to as Küraßiers’ Iron Crosses, because that type of backing plate was applied to the küraß’s inside. Under the backing plate, the Iron Cross’s reverse is hallmarked for .800 silver. This would make a great addition to an Iron Cross display, or any collection.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK WITH AN IRON-CROSS-SHAPED BACKING PLATE

    SKU: 09-676

    $650.00

    This is a three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is a non vaulted (flat) design. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%, with some loss of paint on the cross’s high points (crown, “W,” and 1914). The Iron Cross’s reverse reveals a backing plate cut in the shape of an Iron Cross, always a desirable, high-caliber touch. A nut with a handle that tightens down over the backing plate and the Cross appears on the back. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmark is present.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – VAULTED

    SKU: 09-908

    $325.00

    This is a vaulted example of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. I really like its looks. The vaulting indicates it is a privately-purchased example. I especially like the reverse. Its obverse has good solid paint that I rate at about 98%. It has a fine patina and probably has never been polished. The reverse reveals no sign of silver or manufacturer’s hallmarks. What we do see is a “wavy” pin. Clearly the cross has pierced a tunic a time or two, which caused it to bend. It proves this Iron Cross has spent time in the field.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – VAULTED

    SKU: 09-879

    $325.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted, custom example that was privately purchased rather than issued at the time of the award. The paint rates at about 95%. The reverse sports a fine swollen pin. It has no hallmarks for either silver content or manufacturer.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – VAULTED – .950 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-852

    $450.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint is not quite what we prefer. It rates at about 85%. The cross is vaulted, a sure sign that it comes from a custom house. The frame’s patina is very pleasing and its beading is really first-rate. The reverse reveals a fine swollen pin. The Iron Cross is hallmarked for .950 silver under the pin. We also see an old repair to the catch where it has been reattached to the Iron Cross’s reverse. Even with these two faults, the Iron Cross remains a good value when taking into consideration the low price.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS ENGRAVED – TWO-PIECE SCREWBACK. This is a most interesting 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class

    SKU: 09-682

    $550.00

    It is an engraved, two-piece, screwbacked example. The cross is low vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 98%. Its large, circular, backing plate measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. The backing plate is engraved “field-style” (not by a professional jeweler, but by a soldier in the field) with the name “Gefried Lutz.” Four holes are drilled in the backing plate. Two of the four were used to attach the Iron Cross’s twin screws to the plate. Only one of the two nuts for securing the back plate is present. Nevertheless, the plate is firmly attached to the Iron Cross. Aside from the engraving on the backing plate, no additional markings appear on the plate or Iron Cross. This is a very well made example, in very fine condition.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS HIGH VAULTED MODEL IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-655

    $595.00

    This 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is a privately-purchased, highly vaulted example. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most highly-vaulted crosses I have seen in quite awhile. The obverse’s paint rates at about 100%. The cross’s frame boasts a ravishing patina. The finely made pin is of the swollen or “coke bottle” variety. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking shows on the reverse. The Iron Cross comes in a black leatherette case. It has a gold, embossed Iron Cross on its outer lid. Inside, white silk and purple velvet cover the upper and lower lids, respectively. While the case, which is in delightful condition, does close securely, one side of the case is slightly misshapen. A gap is apparent at this site.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS LOW VAULTED

    SKU: 09-397

    $275.00

    This 1914 Iron Cross is of the low vaulted variety. The paint on the obverse of the cross would rate at about 90%. The frame of the cross is quite good. It has a pleasing patina and high quality beading all around. The reverse of the cross is also quite handsome and features a swollen pin. It has no hallmarking for silver content or manufacturer. This is a fine cross for a uniform or for a collection.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS LOW VAULTED

    SKU: 09-700

    $250.00

    This is a low-vaulted example of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint rates at 90%, with wear on the cross’s high points. The center of the cross is not magnetic

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS LOW VAULTED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-710

    $595.00

    Today we are offering a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in the presentation case. The Iron Cross is a privately-purchased example that is low vaulted. The paint on the obverse rates at about 98%. The cross’s center is magnetic. The frame sports a very fine patina. The cross has a fine swollen pin. It is not hallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. The leatherette case is quite solid, structurally. The outside front features a decal with an Iron Cross. The decal’s bottom is obscured where the “1914” would appear. Inside the case is the typical white silk upper liner. The fitted case’s bottom half is lined in purple velvet. Overall, they make a very handsome pair.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS NON MAGNETIC – SPECIAL BLUE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-748

    $650.00

    This is an attractive, low vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is one of the lowest vaulted Iron Crosses that I have seen. Until you look at it closely, you might almost think it is non vaulted. The obverse’s paint is in good condition. It rates at about 98%. On the reverse has a swollen pin. The cross is non magnetic, but 100% correct. The presentation case is quite different. Its entire exterior is a deep violet-blue velvet. Inside the case, a 1914 Iron Cross is embossed in black on the upper lid. The fitted bottom of the case is black. The case and cross make most unusual pair, both are top quality.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-697

    $495.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. The reverse reveals a backing plate cut in the shape of another Iron Cross, instead of more the commonly-seen circular one. The locking nut sports a small handle. This is yet another mark of the Iron Cross’s excellence. No hallmarking for manufacturer or silver content appears.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-325

    $375.00

    This is a rather interesting variation of the three-piece screwback of the Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is low-vaulted. The paint on the obverse, while virtually complete (with the exception of the high point of the “W” in the center), has an unusual toning. Often, in Iron Crosses from 1813 and 1870, we will see a crinkling effect on the paint due to the age. This Iron Cross has the same effect. We do not often see this on 1914 Iron Crosses. In another 20 to 30 years this may be more common, but right now we just do not see it. This makes for an unusual “look.” If you want an Iron Cross that is a little salty, this one will be fine for you. The Iron Cross has a great patina on the obverse and reverse. It is not hallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. This is a very affordable screwback Iron Cross.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK 

    SKU: 09-736

    $495.00

    This is a very slightly vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class three-piece screwback. The obverse’s paint rates at about 85%. As we examine the reverse, we see a repair where the screw post attaches to the Iron Cross. Extensive soldering is evident. A round backing plate measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The locking nut features a small handle. It bears the legend “Deutscher Offizier Verien,” along with an .800 silver hallmarking. It is good-quality screwback that is a bit “saltier” than we often offer. It remains an appealing example, in any case, and is attractively priced.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK FOR KÜRAß

    SKU: 09-152

    $595.00

    This is one of the more interesting and unusual WW I Iron Crosses that I have offered to you. It is a screwback Iron Cross, and a VERY unusual variation. I bought it many years ago (as you might have determined from the early item number that we assigned to it). It is the one-hundred-fifty-second Iron Cross that we acquired after we separated the Iron Crosses from our general Orders & Decorations Merchandise Page. We are now nearing our one- thousandth Iron Cross. After years of sitting in a drawer, it is getting dusted off and made available to you. As mentioned, it is a screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is a high-vault variety. The obverse’s paint rates at 99%, which is near-perfect. The frame is spectacular, and the beading is even and quite striking. The frame’s patina is heavy and even. As we examine the cross’s reverse, we see that it is hallmarked for .800 silver. No manufacturer’s hallmark is present. The backing plate appears to be made of zinc and measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. A total of twelve small holes circle the plate. In the center, two holes appear where posts from the Iron Cross’s reverse extend. No markings at all appear on the backing plate. While two posts extend from the Iron Cross, only one nut is present. So, while the backing plate can be secured to the Iron Cross, one of the posts sits loose. It is not a huge fault, but…

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS VAULTED

    SKU: 09-593

    $295.00

    This example of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is vaulted. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. The frame shows a significant patina, as does the back of the cross. On the reverse we see a flat pin, which is pressed-in from constant wear on a tunic. It has no manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS VAULTED

    SKU: 09-563

    $235.00

    This is a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is very slightly vaulted. The paint on the obverse rates at about 85%. The reverse sports a high-quality, swollen pin. It is non magnetic. The frame is a bit lopsided from some sort of hit. If you like them a bit salty, this one qualifies in that respect.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED

    SKU: 09-385

    $395.00

    This is a remarkable variation of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is vaulted with some minor paint loss on the high points of the EK. This is common on a high vaulted EK where the high points extend further from the EK. The pin on the reverse is worthy of mention as it is pushed in. We often see this on Iron Crosses that have been worn extensively. The EK is hallmarked for .800 silver. What really caught my attention on this example is that the hallmarking is HUGE. So often we need to squint or use a magnifying glass to read the print. I would say that the .800 is a good 1/4″ tall!

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS VAULTED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-615

    $525.00

    This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on the obverse rates at about 80%. No hallmarking for the manufacturer or silver content shows on the reverse. If you like your EK’s a bit more “salty,” this is a good example for you. It comes in an original presentation case. The Iron Cross’s outline is embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside are the standard, white, silk, upper lid and the dark-purple, velvet-lined lower half.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS VAULTED THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-801

    $495.00

    This is a vaulted, three-piece, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint is clean and rates at about 97%. The cross’s frame displays an excellent patina. The cross’s reverse features two small, domed nuts. Their posts were inserted through reinforced holes cut into the tunic. Mounting the Iron Cross in this manner stabilized the decoration. No silver or manufacturer’s hallmarking appears on the reverse.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE AND CARDBOARD SHIPPING CARTON

    SKU: 09-978

    $950.00

    We are very pleased to offer this 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class complete with its original presentation case AND the cardboard carton in which it was shipped.  While a certain number of decorations that appear in today’s market still have their presentation cases, finding one that also has its original cardboard shipping carton is far rarer.  Naturally, the shipping carton helped protect the presentation case from scratches, but also was intended to thwart its theft.  The simple brown carton measures 1” x 2 ½” x 3.”  A small 2 ½” x 2 ½” white label pasted to its exterior has the message listed below.  It identifies the Iron Cross and warns that it may only be opened by its recipient. “Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse Nur von dem Beliehenen zu öffnen” A red and black paper seal that securely fastened the package on its way to the recipient is also included. The latter specified that it had originated from the “Preuss. General. Ordenskom.”  Essentially, the box was not to be opened until it reached its correct recipient.  The shipping carton is complete, although one side has come undone. [A spot of glue would easily solve the problem]. The flap is complete. The black leatherette presentation case displays a gold Iron Cross on its outer lid.  The case’s interior sports a white silk upper lid.  A fitted purple velvet base allows the pin to drop down and keep the Iron Cross flush. The case closes flush and is well secured.  The Iron…

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    1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH STICKPIN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-833

    $425.00

    Today we offer a flat, issued-type, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class from the Stuttgart firm, “KO.” This is a flat, non vaulted cross rather than a privately-purchased, vaulted cross. The obverse’s paint rates at about 75%. It has substantial paint loss and even some light surface rust. On the reverse, we see the “KO” hallmark under the catch. A 1914 Iron Cross stickpin is also included. The obverse’s surface material is enamel, indicating a higher-quality stickpin. The pair is housed in a leatherette presentation case. The case measures 3″ x 2 3/4.” A silver outline of an Iron Cross appears on the outer lid. This little set is a real value, especially if you like your Iron Crosses a little “salty.”

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-962

    $125.00

    This a very fine 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It features its manufacturer’s hallmark on the jump ring. It comes with an original ribbon.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-963

    $55.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The cross’s front displays scattered light rust. In places the paint has been breached and rust has begun. The cross’s reverse, however, is in excellent condition. A short piece of ribbon is attached. I can see no hallmarks on the jump ring.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-882

    $125.00

    This is a very interesting 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The paint on both the obverse and reverse is quite attractive, and rates at 100%. The frame’s patina is especially pleasing. A hallmark appears on the jump ring that I honestly cannot decipher. A short length of original ribbon is attached to the Iron Cross. In turn, a very old safety pin is attached to the ribbon. I believe the safety pin is original to the Iron Cross, and this is how the Iron Cross was presented to the soldier. It is one of those things that makes an Iron Cross like this such a fine addition to a collection. We find very few Iron Crosses with the safety pin attached to the ribbon. Again, it is what makes the example so desirable.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-885

    $125.00

    Two weeks ago I offered a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that had an original safety pin with which to attach it. When I acquired that example, I also acquired a similar piece that I am offering today. This Iron Cross has excellent paint that rates 99% on both the obverse and the reverse. The ribbon measures 2 1/4″ and has an old black safety pin attached. It is a lovely presentation that shows how a soldier would have received his Iron Cross more than ninety-years ago.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – HALLMARKED

    SKU: 09-771

    $95.00

    This is a fine example of a privately purchased 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is hallmarked on the jump ring but I cannot make out the markings as the stamping is very faint. This is quite unusual. The paint is in very fine condition. The frame displays a fine patina. The ribbon measures 3 1/2.” The ribbon has been sewn together.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE

    SKU: 09-794

    $395.00

    This is a most interesting combination of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and its presentation case. As the Iron Cross was generally awarded in a simple paper packet, those that came in a presentation case were almost always privately-purchased. The Iron Cross is in exceptional condition, with 100% paint on the obverse and reverse. The presentation case is blue. It measures 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper lid is lined in red silk. The case’s lower half is lined in red velvet. The top part of the case’s bottom half has a small section where the ribbon is stored. The ribbon piece measures 4 1/2″ in length. The case also has a fitted section in which the Iron Cross resides. This is a different variation of the cased Iron Cross 2nd Class theme. No button is present for closing and opening the case. The top half, which is hinged, simply opens up.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-733

    $595.00

    This is a fascinating1914 Iron Cross that comes in its original presentation case. The case is a most unusual white leatherette, which measures 3 3/4″ x 3″ x 1.” The high-quality Iron Cross sports excellent paint on both its obverse and reverse, which rates at 100%. The frame has a superb patina, and shows signs of being silver. No hallmarking is present on the jump ring. Inside the presentation case is a white silk upper lid. Attached to the silk liner is a piece of diagonally-stretched original ribbon. The case’s black-velvet lower half is fitted to accommodate the cross. Resting on the base is a small piece of shrapnel measuring 3/4″ x 3/4.” It must have had some sentimental attachment for its owner. (Perhaps he was wounded with it)? Although we will never know the answer, this remains a very fine presentation of a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-839

    $395.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is in fine condition. It is hallmarked “KO” on the jump ring. Many of the awarded 1st and 2nd Class Iron Crosses came from the Stuttgart firm. It comes in a black leatherette case that measures 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4.” The case has the standard silk and velvet-lined upper and lower halves. A holder appears on the case’s upper half, but has no ribbon. This cased Iron Cross is value-priced.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-862

    $550.00

    This is a post WW I veterans’ set, where a man combined his 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants that he received in 1934 (or later). The large, beige, faux-linen-covered case measures 6″ x 3 1/4″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper half is lined in white silk. The bottom half is covered in claret-red velvet and stepped. (That is, the upper section housing the Iron Cross is lower than the lower section housing the Hindenburg Cross). The two decorations are in very fine condition. The outer lid’s lower left corner exhibits some evidence of staining. A brass catch secures the case’s two halves. The case’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s tag with assorted writing on it.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-973

    $650.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in its original presentation case, which sports an unusual, arched-pentagon shape. The case measures 3 ½” x 3 ½” at the widest width, and 2 ½” x 3/4″ at its smallest. The black case is embossed with an Iron Cross’s image. The interior is white, with its silk-lined top stamped in blue with an Iron Cross and the words “Der Dank des Vaterlandes!” (The thanks of the Fatherland!). Its bottom is velvet-lined and molded to accommodate the Iron Cross. The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is inlaid with black paint, which rates at 100%. The Iron Cross is in great condition. NO chips are evident in the paint, and it displays very little wear. The jump ring is also intact. NO ribbon is included.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL IRON CROSS-SHAPED BACKGROUND

    SKU: 09-912

    $495.00

    This is a very interesting way to display a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. A mother-of-pearl shell section, measuring 3 ½” x 3 ½,” has been cut into the shape of an Iron Cross. It serves as a background or frame for an actual 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class that has had its ribbon removed. The Iron Cross’ obverse has excellent paint, which rates 100% as does its reverse. It has a high quality frame, with a superb patina. A hallmark appears on the jump ring, and appears to be a “Z.” At the top of the mother-of-pearl frame is a hook that has been added to hold the EK in place. The frame’s back has an added device that serves as a hook to hang the piece on a wall. Some very slight chipping touches three of the cross’s eight arm points. This is a wonderful piece that combines German patriotism with an actual EK.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-947

    $450.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The cross is not hallmarked. Its paint rates right at 100%. The leatherette case measures 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4.” Its exterior is marbled with shades of gray and black. The outer lid’s top shows some loss of its covering surface color. The interior’s upper lid is covered with white silk. Embossed on it are an Iron Cross and the legend “Zur Erinnerung an Deutschlands große Zeit” (In remembrance of Germany’s Great Time). The case’s lower half is fitted to hold the cross. Just above it is a fitted compartment in which the ribbon is folded. The closure device is not working quite right and needs a bit of adjustment. It appears that a price tag is on the reverse, with its original price being 1.5 Marks!

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON

    SKU: 05-69

    $90.00

    These Iron Crosses come complete with ribbon. These items are always in-stock. The photos shown here are representative of the Iron Cross you will receive and are NOT of the Iron Cross we will select for you. All are in fine condition. Iron Crosses offered at this price will be UNHALLMARKED. We do have several varieties of HALLMARKED iron Crosses which while available are more expensive. Please feel free to ask for what we currently have and we will be happy to assist you.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITHOUT RIBBON

    SKU: 05-55

    $75.00

    If you are willing to forgo the ribbon you can save a few dollars. These Iron Crosses come with no ribbon. These items are always in-stock. The photos shown here are representative of the Iron Cross you will receive and are NOT of the Iron Cross we will select for you. All are in fine condition. Iron Crosses offered at this price will NOT be HALLMARKED. We do have several varieties of HALLMARKED iron Crosses which, while available, are more expensive. Please feel free to ask for what we currently have and we will be happy to assist you.

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    1914 IRON CROSS TWO-PIECE-SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-917

    $350.00

    This is a two-piece screwback of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is non magnetic. It is also slightly vaulted. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90% with some loss of paint on the high points (Crown, W, and 1914.). A one-piece backing plate screws onto the cross’s back. No markings for silver content or manufacturer are evident.

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    1914 NON COMBATANTS’ IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-946

    $550.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Non Combatant’s Ribbon. The cross is not hallmarked. Its paint rates right at 100%. The gray case measures 3/4″ x 2 ½” x 4 3/10.” The upper lid is covered with white silk. Embossed on it are an Iron Cross and the legend “Zur Erinnerung an Deutschlands große Zeit” (In remembrance of Germany’s Great Time). The case’s lower half is fitted to hold the cross. Just above it is a fitted compartment in which the non combatants’ ribbon is folded. An unexpected extra is a miniature 1914 Iron Cross lying in the case. It is very detailed for its size (9/16″ x 9/16″). It has two small holes in its three o’clock and nine o’clock arms. Think of it as a small bonus! This is a very fine combination.

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  • BOOK - THE IRON TIME BY STEPHEN THOMAS PREVITERA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE IRON TIME BY STEPHEN THOMAS PREVITERA

    SKU: 09-1029

    $175.00

    BOOK – THE IRON TIME BY STEPHEN THOMAS PREVITERA. This book is the ultimate English-language reference about the Iron Cross. Stephen Previtera is a graphic artist by trade who produces reference books that combine beautiful photographs (personally taken by him) with an interesting, scholarly (but NOT dry) writing style. I first met Stephen at a militaria show nearly fifteen years ago (Lieber Gott, where does the time go?). He walked up to my table, introduced himself, and expressed interest in photographing one of my Iron Crosses (a splendid 1870 Iron Cross for Women and Young Women, a.k.a. the Virgin’s Cross) for this very book. I handed him the cross and said, “Return it when you have finished.” He seemed a bit surprised but then, as now, I have always wanted to encourage authors who write on the subject of Imperial Germany and Imperial German militaria. He was kind enough to acknowledge me in his first book. We cooperated again for his next book Prussian Blue, about the Orden Pour le Mérite. As a historian, I am used to wading through dry history books that do not always hold one’s interest, but such is not this author’s problem. His fine sense of history and humor permeates his books, which I appreciate. This book is informative without making you yawn. One of the book’s beauties is his depiction of German history from the Napoleonic era when König Frederick Wilhelm III founded the Iron Cross up through the mid-19th Century unification wars to…

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  • CASED SET - 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CASED SET – 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS)

    SKU: 09-853

    $550.00

    This is a most unusual presentation of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and a Hindenburg Cross for Next-of-Kin (Widow’s Cross). Both come housed in a delightful presentation case. The case measures 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 3/4.” Its exterior is multicolored and stippled. This pattern completely covers the exterior and extends to its upper inner lid. The case’s lower half is lined in brown velvet, with fitted places for both of the decorations. These areas even include spaces for the decorations’ rings. Both the decorations are in MINT condition. It is an exquisitely stunning presentation.

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  • CLOTH 1939 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CLOTH 1939 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS

    SKU: 09-1003

    $495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a WW II 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class made of cloth, an historic tie-in to the very rare fabric 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. In both cases, the crosses were intended to be sewn to the receiver’s left tunic breast. [The decision to use fabric instead of metal was made by the individual officer]. WW I’s and WW II’s German Armies granted some flexibility that allowed the officer to do this. This example measures 2″ x 2.” The badge’s background is made of black wool. Embroidered to it is a silver bullion cross with a swastika in its center. The year 1939 appears at the bottom. A different type of fabric backing is on the reverse. It is a very handsome alternative to the 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a most desirable addition to any Iron Cross collection.

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  • CLOTH 1939 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CLOTH 1939 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS.

    SKU: 09-1003 XLL

    $495.00

    WW II 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class made of cloth, an historic tie-in to the very rare fabric 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class.

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  • DECORATIVE HAND CARVED WOODEN IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DECORATIVE HAND CARVED WOODEN IRON CROSS

    SKU: 09-813

    $250.00

    Wood carving in Germany has a strong tradition, not only in the Black Forest, but all over Bavaria, and in other parts of the country. Today we are offering you something that is quite different and quite touching at the same time. It is a hand carved, wooden Iron Cross. It measures 2” x 2” x 1/2,” and displays the true art of the holzschnitzer (wood carver) at his best. In the Iron Cross’s center is a beautifully crafted rose. The four arms sport other flowers and leaves. The piece is done in very high relief. The flowers jump right out at you. Please take a moment to examine our photographs. You will be certain to enjoy this item as much as I do. It has a jump ring and a loop attached at the top.

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  • ENGRAVED VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENGRAVED VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-982

    $995.00

    This 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is a real treat on a number of levels. To begin, the Iron Cross is a high-vaulted example. Its paint is topnotch and rates 100%. The beading is also quite pleasing and the frame’s patina is just fabulous. As we look at its reverse, the Iron Cross just gets better. First, we note that the silver content is .935. This is the second-highest silver content that you will ever see on an Iron Cross. Only .950 is higher. Next, we see the engraving listed below on the cross’s four arms. Twelve o’clock arm: Elisabeth. Three o’clock arm: Tom. Six o’clock arm: Elisabeth (in Fraktur). Nine o’clock arm: Raimund. It is a spectacular Iron Cross in every way.

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  •  IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - HIGH VAULTED - .935 SILVER HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – HIGH VAULTED – .935 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1027

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – HIGH VAULTED – .935 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a true custom-made, privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a highly vaulted example, just about as highly vaulted as I have ever offered. The paint on its obverse rates at about 98% (the paint on the “W’s” highest point is a bit diminished). The frame displays a tremendous patina. Its beadwork is even and clean. The reverse reveals why the obverse’s frame has such a great patina: a .935 silver hallmark. Any fineness of silver above .800 is highly unusual. While we see examples of .925, the only fineness above .925 is the VERY rare .950. [It is also worth mentioning that the Iron Cross is magnetic. Its pin is swollen (coke bottle). You will be hard pressed to find a higher-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class!

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - LOW-VAULTED - .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1025

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a lovely example of a high-quality, three-piece screwback, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The Iron Cross’s obverse shows good paint, overall. Some wear is evident on the highest points of the “W” and the “1914.” The frame exhibits a wonderful patina. The source of the patina is confirmed on the reverse by its .925 silver hallmark. This is an unusually high silver content. [The bulk of silver-hallmarked Iron Crosses only an .800 content level, and even those are unusual. ANY silver hallmarked Iron Cross constitutes a REAL plus]. The cross is also slightly vaulted. So, taking into consideration its low vault, silver content, and three-piece construction, it is a VERY special Iron Cross. Its reverse sports a backing plate and a nut to secure the other two pieces together (neither piece exhibits a silver hallmark). It is also worth mentioning that the Iron Cross is magnetic. This truly is an officers-grade, privately-purchased, custom-made Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1st CLASS - 1914  - K.A.G. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1st CLASS – 1914 – K.A.G.

    SKU: 09-768

    $395.00

    This Iron Cross is a flat (non vaulted) example. Some wear shows on the right arm’s paint. Thus, the paint rates at about 90%. The frame has a bright finish on both its obverse and reverse. The pin sports a K.A.G. hallmark. It is a marvelous Iron Cross in every way.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1st CLASS - 1914 - NON VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1st CLASS – 1914 – NON VAULTED

    SKU: 09-886

    $295.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a flat (not vaulted) design similar to EK’s that were issued. The paint is complete, although two areas on the three o’clock and nine o’clock arms show a change in the paint due to age. The Iron Cross’s reverse has a mirrored finish, but no sign of silver or manufacturer’s hallmarks.

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 1ST CLASS - 1914 - VAULTED .800 SILVER HALLMARKED WITH GLASS-COVERED PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1ST CLASS – 1914 – VAULTED .800 SILVER HALLMARKED WITH GLASS-COVERED PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-1002

    $695.00 $500.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1ST CLASS – VAULTED .800 SILVER HALLMARKED WITH GLASS-COVERED PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a very high quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that is housed in one of the most unusual presentation cases I have ever seen. It is a privately-purchased example. It is vaulted, which (in my opinion) always makes for a special Iron Cross. The paint on the obverse shows some toning on the arms. I rate the paint at 95%. The frame has a fine patina on the silver, as evidenced by its mirrored finish on the reverse. Its magnetic center was made of iron before it was painted. Its reverse reveals a flat pin. It is also hallmarked for .800 silver near the catch. The reverse’s mirrored finish features black writing that appears to read either “7G/9 10Z” or “20/6/02.” It looks as though this was written in black ink of some sort, but rubbing my fingers across it does NOT make it disappear. I leave it to its new owner to decide whether to leave or remove it. The most interesting thing about the item is its presentation case. It measures 1″ x 2 ¾” x 2 ¾.” The upper lid is made of glass, which allows for the viewing of the cross WITH the case closed. The case’s exterior is made of red leatherette. Its fitted bottom is a dark red/maroon in color. The closure button operates easily. Another surprise on the case is…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1ST CLASS - 1914 - VAULTED .800 SILVER HALLMARKED WITH GLASS-COVERED PRESENTATION CASE. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1ST CLASS – 1914 – VAULTED .800 SILVER HALLMARKED WITH GLASS-COVERED PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-1002 XLL

    $695.00

    Very high quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, housed in one of the most unusual presentation cases

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  • IRON CROSS - 1st CLASS -1914 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1st CLASS -1914

    SKU: 09-678

    $395.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is of the low vaulted design. The obverse’s paint is quite charming and rates at 98%. Its reverse boasts a mirrored finish and a flat, swollen pin. No manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking is present. This is a fine 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class for any collection.

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  • Sale! IRON CROSS - 2nd CLASS - 1914 - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1914 – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-1020 XMB

    $450.00 $350.00

    IRON CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1914 – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a striking 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the original presentation case. The red leatherette case measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 3 ¾.” Some scuffing on its surface indicates honest age. The interior’s upper half is covered with white silk. Stretched across that white silk is a white and blue ribbon that is embossed with an Iron Cross’s outline. The dates 1914 and 1918 flank the Iron Cross on either side. This band’s white and blue colors lead me to believe it was manufactured in Bavaria. The silk band permits the EK’s ribbon to be stored behind it. The case’s bottom half is lined in with burgundy velvet that was NOT fitted to hold the EK’s pin. The Iron Cross itself is a very high-quality example. The paint on its obverse is quite pleasing and rates at 98%. The cross’s frame features an excellent patina. A hallmark appears on the jump ring, but I cannot decipher it. The ribbon attached to the cross is well used, with significant shredding/running in its silk. This handsome 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and presentation case’s quality indicates that it is a privately-purchased, post WW I example.

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  • KRIEGS-DESPESCHEN 1870 & 71 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGS-DESPESCHEN 1870 & 71

    SKU: 12-374

    $950.00

    If you are looking for something a bit unusual from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, this is it. This item is laid out as a book, but an unusual one since it has a hollow interior. The exterior is a very fine leather. The front cover bears the title “Kriegs-Despeschen 1870 & 71” with a full-sized 1870 Iron Cross. The faux pages are gilt edged, which is classic high-quality for book pages. A brass snap appears on the book’s side; when it is released, the interior of the “book” is revealed. Inside are four compartments which hold playing card-sized cards. These are reproductions of the official war dispatches that were issued during 1870 to 1871 describing the conduct of the war and the official news. I guess you could call this CNN-of-the-day in a box! These dispatches were released as posters or handbills so the citizens could see how their army was performing in France during this short-lived war. The four compartments hold, I would estimate, approximately 350+ of these various cards. I will photograph just a small sampling of these cards. I have not looked at them all. It will be up to the new owner to discover what treasures lie within. You will have hours of fun with this. I can assure you!

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    LOW VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS – HALLMARKED FOR GODET – IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-953

    $850.00

     This is a very elegant, high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a low vaulted example that was privately-purchased. The paint on the obverse rates at about 90%, with some loss of paint. The frame is very high-quality and displays a wonderful patina. As we examine the reverse, the first thing we see is a swollen pin, often found on higher quality EK’s. Stamped on the pin on the reverse we see “G” for Godet. Godet was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers and produced some of the finest decorations in Germany. The final detail is the decoration’s presentation case. The case has a decorative finish to it, with an Iron Cross outline in silver on its top. Inside the case, we see a purple silk liner for the case’s top half. The bottom half, which is fitted for the Iron Cross, is also purple. Structurally, the case is solid and in excellent condition. Overall, it is a very fine set that would make for an excellent addition to your collection. $850.00

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    LOW-VAULT 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-998

    $295.00

    This is a very attractive privately-purchased low vault 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse rates at about 98%. The frame is quite admirable. Its beading is even, with a resplendent patina. Its reverse features a sturdy pin and catch against its mirrored finish. NO hallmarks appear for a manufacturer or silver content. It is a very fine example that is also magnetic.

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  • MEDAL BAR - ONE-PLACE - 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    MEDAL BAR – ONE-PLACE – 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 02-441

    $125.00

    This is a one-place medal bar that has a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class as the featured decoration. The Iron Cross is in excellent condition. The condition of the cross is excellent. The paint on its obverse and reverse rates at nearly 100%. It has what appears to be a manufacturer’s and a silver content hallmark on its jump ring, but we cannot decipher either one. The silk ribbon is also in top condition. Its reverse boasts a sturdy pin. The Iron Cross is slipped onto the medal bar by means of a hook through the jump ring. The backing is a bit unusual. It is made of gray silk rather than the more common felt.

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    MINI 1914 IRON CROSS MOUNTED ON BOW

    SKU: 09-855

    $95.00

    This is a miniature 1914 Iron Cross, measuring 1/2″ x 1/2.” It is one-sided, with that side featuring a 1914 EK’s information in enamel. The Iron Cross is then mounted on a bow, which indicates that it was made for a woman. Mounted on the reverse is the safety pin with which she affixed it to a garment. It is well made and in very fine condition.

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  • MINIATURE THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS 

    SKU: 09-866

    $295.00

    This is a handsome three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class miniature. The cross is a HIGHLY vaulted piece. It is contained within a dish that sets off its high vault effect even more. The measurements for the Iron Cross portion are 5/8″ x 5/8″. The backing plate measures 11/16″ in diameter. The locking nut measures 5/16″ in diameter. This is a very delicate but superbly made piece. It is in top condition.

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  • NON VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - HALLMARKED .925 SILVER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NON VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – HALLMARKED .925 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-897

    $950.00

    Today we are offering a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is flat (non vaulted) and is similar in style to presentation Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is in excellent condition. The frame and, in particular the beading, (which is as fine as I have seen) has a first-rate patina. As we examine the reverse, we see the same attention to detail. The catch is a bit larger than normal and has “superior-quality” screaming from it. To the catch’s right is where we really see the Iron Cross’s excitement and superiority revealed. It is hallmarked .925 silver. This is extremely high for an Iron Cross, as most that have silver hallmarks of .800. [I have seen a few Iron Crosses hallmarked .950, but that level is quite unusual]. Its presentation case is also quite striking. It is black leatherette and measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” Embossed on the outer lid is a silver Iron Cross that duplicates the Iron Cross housed within, complete to its 1914 date. Inside the case, we see a white silk upper lid. The cross is housed in the lower half, which has a brown velvet cover. The case shows a bit of honest age, but is visually and structurally sound. This is an amazing set and one of the finest Iron Crosses we have offered you.

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  • NON VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH "CD" AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NON VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH “CD” AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKS

    SKU: 09-715

    $495.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is of the flat (non vaulted) variety. The obverse’s paint is in fine condition. It rates at about 98%. The frame boasts a lovely patina. It features a manufacturer’s hallmark, “CD,” as well as an .800 silver hallmark (double stamped), on its reverse. The pin fits a bit tightly when inserting/removing it from the catch. Extra caution and time should be taken when one does so. It is a very handsome Iron Cross, and great for any type of collection.

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    NON VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH “KO” HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-509

    $550.00

    A flat (non vaulted) 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class usually was an “issued” piece. Today we are offering one such “issued” EK 1 in very attractive condition. Its paint rates at about 95%. Its patina definitely is worthy of mention. The initials “KO” are evident under the reverse’s catch. During WW I, it was this particular firm that produced the bulk of issued 1914 Iron Crosses. Our example comes in a black leatherette presentation case. A silver Iron Cross, dated 1914, is embossed on the case’s exterior. Inside, the case sports a white, silk-lined upper-half. The Iron Cross nestles in the black, velvet, fitted-bottom. Some scuffing shows on the case’s exterior. All in all, this is a very handsome 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, with its original presentation case.

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  • Sale! PRINZENGROßE 1870 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZENGROßE 1870 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-1001 XLL

    $1,995.00 $1,550.00

    This is a consignment item and an absolute first-time offering for Der Rittmeister Militaria. The term “Prinzengroße” means prince-sized, and refers to medals that run from two-thirds to three-quarters the size of an original decoration (most often an Iron Cross or Pilot Badge). They came about from the desires of 18th and 19th Century noble and aristocratic fathers to outfit their young sons in exact replicas of their own military uniforms, complete with matching headgear, weapons and medals. Since these uniforms had to be tailored down to fit the youths’ smaller proportions, the accouterments had to follow suit. Eventually, the smaller decorations came to be favored by some of the adults, particularly from the Napoleonic era forward. By the time WW I arrived, Prinzengroße Iron Crosses had become quite a popular affectation among certain officers of noble and royal lineage. Today we are offering an incredibly rare Prinzengroße 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with its original presentation case. The Iron Cross measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” Attached to the cross is the loop where the ribbon was placed when the medal was displayed on a tunic. While the Iron Cross itself is noteworthy, the presentation case is what makes it so rare. This is the FIRST time I have seen an Iron Cross 2nd Class’s case! I had seen the case for the 1st Class award occasionally, but NEVER before beheld one for the 2nd Class – until now. The leatherette case measures ¾” x 3″ x 3.” A…

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  • PRUSSIA - IRON CROSS - 1st CLASS - 1914 - KO HALLMARK - ENGRAVED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – IRON CROSS – 1st CLASS – 1914 – KO HALLMARK – ENGRAVED

    SKU: 09-1015

    $750.00

    This is an issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that was engraved by or for its recipient. The bulk of 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class was issued by KO, a Stuttgart firm. It is a flat (non vaulted) Iron Cross. The paint on its obverse rates at 95%. The paint is complete, but displays a flaw on the cross’s right arm. The cross is magnetic. Its frame has a fine patina, and its beading is even and consistent. After it was awarded, the Iron Cross was taken to a jeweler, who engraved the information listed below. 22.9 – 3. 11 1915 Karl Schamp Kassel Am Fasahenhof 20 Every engraved Iron Cross is different. This one’s dates of 22 September through 3 November 1915 are rather curious. Perhaps it was a battle in which its recipient participated that led to the Iron Cross’s award? Perhaps it was a period during which two men served together, and one offered the engraving as a gift? Why was the German city of Kassel mentioned? Did Herr Schamp reside in Kassel or was that where the two men knew one another? The line below Herr Schamp’s name is an address in Kassel (confirmed by a quick Google search). [I do not know what kind of building displays that address, but it remains viable more than one-hundred-years later]. Regardless, it is all a bit unusual and provides an interesting mystery. It is a handsome engraved Iron Cross.

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  • THREE DECORATION GROUPING, INCLUDING 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE DECORATION GROUPING, INCLUDING 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 09-511

    $625.00

    This is a most interesting presentation grouping including the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Military Service Cross with Swords 3rd Class, and the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This presentation comes in a deluxe, brown, leatherette box measuring 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4.” The outer lid depicts a central motif of a 1914 Iron Cross. Surrounding it is a Bavarian flag, oak leaves, and crossed cannons, all exquisitely executed in high relief. The oversized upper lid is lined in traditional blue silk, while a darker blue velvet covers the fitted lower (also oversized) half of the case. The lower half houses the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the Bavarian Military Service Cross 3rd Class with Swords. Above each of these two decorations is a small rectangle of the appropriate ribbon for each decoration. Attached to the upper lid (with the ribbon tucked into the liner) is the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This was probably a late addition to the grouping, at some point after the Hindenburg Cross was first issued in 1935. Multi decoration groupings like this are an infrequent find, particularly in such an attractive display. This combination is also quite scarce. It is splendid and shows this native son of Bavaria‘s pride of service.

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  • THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH IRON-CROSS-SHAPED BACKING PLATE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH IRON-CROSS-SHAPED BACKING PLATE

    SKU: 09-979

    $550.00

    This is a very high-quality, three-piece screwback 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class with an Iron-Cross-shaped backing plate. Screwback Iron Crosses were among the highest-quality privately-purchased Iron Crosses (done so AFTER the recipient received his issued Iron Cross). For the most part, officers and some senior NCO’s were the ones to privately-purchase Iron Crosses. Officers, of course, were required to buy their own uniforms, headdresses, etc., AND they were more likely to have the extra income to afford a custom Iron Cross. One had to go to a jeweler or a military effects shop to purchase such items. Those officers on the upper end of the purchasing spectrum might even frequent Kaiser Wilhelm II’s House Jewelers (Godet & Söhne, Wagner & Söhne, Gebrüder Friedlander, etc.), or the House Jewelers for their home state’s ruler. If a man elected to use a screwback Iron Cross, he usually altered his tunic. A small hole was made in the appropriate chest area through which the Iron Cross’s stem was inserted. The backing plate was then applied from inside the tunic, and the locking nut was screwed tight, securing the EK for display. Our offering today is just such a three-part item. The Iron Cross is very slightly vaulted. Its obverse is in nearly-mint condition. The paint rates 100% and the frame’s patina is quite attractive. When the Cross is disassembled, the reverse is revealed to be in an equally pleasing condition. The backing plate (which is more often round) has been fashioned into a…

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  • VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-802

    $275.00

    This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint, although complete, is “spidery” looking. The cross’s reverse displays a swollen pin. No hallmarking appears, either for a manufacturer, or for silver content. From the look of the Iron Cross, I would say it is a late-war example.

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  • VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS - "PILLOW BACK" DESIGN - WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS – “PILLOW BACK” DESIGN – WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-952

    $1,050.00

    We are always pleased to offer one of the very scarce and unusual “pillow back” Iron Crosses. [The term “pillow back” is totally my invention, as I will explain shortly]. This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross, which indicates it is a high-quality Iron Cross (EK) privately purchased by its owner AFTER he had received his initial flat (non-vaulted) EK. Its paint rates at about 90%. Some “patching” of the paint has occurred due to its age. [I find it hard to believe that we are almost to the point where Iron Crosses are one-hundred-years-old! It explains why we are seeing more and more age on these items. Changes in the 1870 and 1813 Iron Crosses’ paint always have been quite common, but now we are seeing it on the 1914’s as well. Yikes]! The silver frame’s high quality is magnificent, and the beadwork surrounding it is breathtaking. The EK’s reverse reveals a double outline of the Iron Cross’s shape. This “effect” is achieved by what I have termed “pillows.” The center Iron Cross shape is very easily recognized. The EK features a very sturdy swollen, “coke bottle” pin. No hallmarks for silver content or its manufacturer appear on the EK’s reverse. It comes in a custom presentation case that measures 3/4″ x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” The leatherette exterior features a faux crocodile design. Inside the case, we find a typical silk upper liner, and a lower velvet liner that is fitted to house the Iron Cross. This…

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  • VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VAULTED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-769

    $550.00

    This is a vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The obverse’s paint rates at about 90%. The frame’s patina is very pleasing. The reverse sports a high-quality flat pin. The Iron Cross is nestled in a black leatherette box, measuring 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4.” The case’s lid displays an Iron Cross’s silver outline. A white silk upper lining appears inside the case. The case’s bottom is covered in creme-colored velvet, with a place cut out to accommodate the cross’s pin. It is a solid presentation group.

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