This is a consignment item. It is the medal for the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s decisive Battle of Königgrätz, which took place on 3 July 1866. The war saw Prussia and her allies of the Northern Confederation face Austria and her allies (including, but not limited to, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, and Hannover. It was a very short, sharp war. Even though the Prussians were outnumbered, they outmaneuvered, out gunned, and out fought the Austrians. Frankly, the war was over before it started. The plan that von Moltke and the general staff developed, together with its execution by the Prussian field commanders (the Kronprinz included) made short work of their opponents. [A story about Bavaria’s Ludwig II sticks in my mind. Ludwig was so upset by the carnage visited upon his kingdom’s soldiers that he wept at the folly of having joined the Austrians]. The cross is in fine condition and comes on a very short piece of replacement ribbon.