Three free states were located in Northern Germany during the German Empire, remnants of the medieval Hanseatic League. They included Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen. Hamburg was and is by far the largest. During WW I, each state awarded its own equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross. Today we are offering the Hanseatic Cross from Hamburg. These decorations were awarded to the native sons of these states, to other states within the German Empire, and to the Central Powers allies. The cross, excluding the jump ring, measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” The obverse’s arms are red enamel. The decoration’s center is red enamel with Hamburg’s City Hall outlined in silver enamel. [The City Hall (along with most of Hamburg) was rebuilt after its massive bombing during WW II]. The decoration’s reverse states in the center “Für Verdienst im Kriege 1914.” A piece of correct red and white ribbon is included.