PATRIOTIC PIN – TRENCH ART – IRON CROSS – .800 SILVER HALLMARK. This is an early war patriotic pin with an Iron Cross that is also something of a trench art piece. The brass pin is constructed from a piece of an artillery shell driving band. These expended driving bands frequently were converted into various patriotic pieces by soldiers with extra time on their hands.
The driving band piece measures ½” x 1.” An inch-long branch of oak leaves decorates its face. A fully-functioning pin on the band’s reverse allows it to be attached to a garment. Hanging down from the band is a marvelous, highly-detailed miniature 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class (including EVERY feature found on full-sized Iron Crosses). It measures ⅜” x ⅜.” If you carefully examine the attached photos, you will note that the Iron Cross is vaulted! Its reverse reveals an .800 silver hallmark. The silver hallmark tells us that this piece is an early-to-mid-war production (1914 to 1916). As the war continued, silver became less and less available for personal items such as this.
Imagine its wearer’s pride more than one-hundred-years ago when she pinned this on to show her patriotism toward the Fatherland. It is an outstanding piece whose quality is as high as we have offered.