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Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Leather Folder "Mappe"

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Leather Folder "Mappe"

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS 45 x 36 cm
MAKER
WEIGHT
US LOT
EAN 3000000016176
US LOT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 3000000016176
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS 45 x 36 cm
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
US LOT
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS 45 x 36 cm
EAN 3000000016176
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Leather Folder "Mappe"


Description

Presentation leather folder (Mappe), the corners slightly bumped and scraped, the placement cord for the formal document inside detached at the top, but with gilding and the red leather intact and in fine condition. There is some adhesive residue on the top avers left corner of the “Mappe” that will clean up nicely. The formal award document folders were produced at the workshop of the brilliant bookbinder and decoration designer Frieda Thiersch. The “Mappe” comes with the original felt strip that was placed over the gold lettering of the recipient’s name on the document to preserve the delicate gold work.

The “Mappe” is part of a veteran bring-back that we proudly offer here for the very first time. The GI opted to bring 9 single formal documents in this one red presentation leather folder (Mappe) which will be auctioned with Ratisbon’s through a couple of auctions.


Condition
2-
Historical information

NAME

Knights Cross of the Order of the Iron Cross

DATE OF INSTITUTION

1. September 1939 as the third and new grade of the re-instituted Order of the Iron Cross

AWARD CRITERIA

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy and for outstanding merit in troop leadership. The awarding required the previous awarding of the two lower grades. The Knights Cross was solely awarded by the Führer upon the proposal of the soldiers unit and issued by the Heerespersonalamt. The Knights Crosses were stored at the Ordenskanzlei in Berlin, to be sent to the awardee after approval. There were no Knights Crosses stored at any level of the Wehrmacht before the end of April 1945.

MANUFACTURERS

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was produced by seven manufacturers, not including variations amongst the individual companies. The Knights Crosses can be found either unmarked (early Juncker and 3/4 Ring), with a silver content mark, with an LDO number (L/12 and L/52), and later on with the company’s Präsidialkanzlei number (2, 20, 65, and 4). Private sales were forbidden after October 1941.

AWARD NUMBERS

Accurate numbers are not known but the closest estimation is around 7,200, and most likely another couple of hundred on stock at the Präsidialkanzlei.

AWARD DOCUMENTS

The awardee received a preliminary document in A5 format and issued in the name of the Führer by the responsible personnel offices of the three branches of the Wehrmacht. The formal document (Große Mappe) was issued later and only until date of late 1942 / early 1943 due to the huge backlog.

WEARING METHOD

The Knights Cross was worn around the neck on a wider red white and black ribbon which came within the black award case of the Knights Cross.

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