The Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with Swords has always been a personal favorite among the Austrian decorations. As with many of the higher grade Austrian decorations, the enamel work is sensational. The decoration (not counting the jump ring) measures 2 1/4″ x 1.” Suspended from the jump ring is a handsome, articulated, gilt crown with red enamel embedded in it. This crown is in turn attached to the two-headed House of Hapsburg Eagle. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a handsome blue enamel shield. In the center of that shield is an “F.” Green enamel laurel leaves appear on either side of the eagle. The eagle rests on a base that is trimmed with two rows of small bits of white enamel. White/green and red bits of enamel appear between those rows. The decoration’s reverse is similar to the obverse. The only difference is that the blue shield features “1815” in gold. The decoration is attached to a yellow and blue triangular ribbon. Mounted on the ribbon are gilt, crossed swords which are referred to as War Decorations. This example was awarded for valor to an officer during WW I. It is in very fine condition, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection.