PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS
This is a small metal box that measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” x 3 ¼.” The box is made of zinc, which was commonly used in patriotic items. Its outer lid displays a 1914 Iron Cross that measures 1 ⅛” x 1 ⅛.” Interestingly, the Iron Cross is very close to a Prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross. [Literally translated as “prince-sized,” these crosses were worn in Germany’s early days by young princes who were authorized to wear their fathers’ decorations, which were appropriately downsized for their smaller stature. By the time WW I began, they were worn more commonly by noblemen, as well as other officers adopted them to be fashionable]. The cross is of a strikingly high quality. It very possibly could be an actual Prinzengroße Iron Cross. The box’s five sides (its bottom is unadorned) feature ornate scrollwork. It is a finely executed box in first-rate condition.