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This Iron Cross 2nd Class from 1914 is made from a silver frame and a magnetic core. Ribbon Ring loop is marked with silver content mark and maker. Very crisp strike. With original piece of ribbon.
King Frederick William III of Prussia initially created the Iron Cross as a military decoration on March 17, 1813, during the Napoleonic Wars. The Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War (1870), World War I (1914), and World War II (1939).
The Iron Cross was usually a military decoration only but awarded to civilians for performing military functions in a few instances.