This is the very difficult-to-find Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. The latter was a very small Grand Duchy with a population of about 106,000 in 1910. Since it was so small, it did not field a standalone regiment. Instead, it fielded one Infanterie Bataillon in a Mecklenburg-Schwerin Regiment. [Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Grand Duke committed suicide in February 1918, so Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV served as regent until all Imperial German monarchies abdicated in November 1918].
The silver-toned cross measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¾,” and its arms are plain, NOT pebbled. The decoration’s center displays a wreath. Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich IV’s royal cypher appears within the wreath. Below that is the date, 1914. The motto, “Tapfer und Treu” (Brave and Loyal), appears within the wreath on the cross’s reverse. The decoration uses the same light-blue, red, and yellow ribbon for combatants as Mecklenburg-Schwerin.