44th Contemporary History Auction

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Finely engraved Iron Cross 1st Class, 1914

Finely engraved Iron Cross 1st Class, 1914

Finely engraved Iron Cross 1st Class, 1914

LOT 54-1129
SOLD
Auction ended        26th September 2021  |  04:44 pm CEST
RESULT
STARTING PRICE: EUR 650,00
EXCL. BUYER’S PREMIUM: 22,50 %

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PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 43x42.9
OEK 1908
MAKER
WEIGHT 15.2 g
LOT 54-1129
EAN 2000000587011
LOT 54-1129
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
EAN 2000000587011
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 43x42.9
OEK 1908
MAKER
WEIGHT 15.2 g
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
LOT 54-1129
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 43x42.9
EAN 2000000587011
OEK 1908
MAKER
WEIGHT 15.2 g
Imperial Germany
Finely engraved Iron Cross 1st Class, 1914


Description

The Iron Cross 1st class, 1914, comes with the original case and the original and rare cardboard box. The cross has a real silver frame with the manufacturer's stamp "KO" and a lacquered iron core. The recipient has engraved the following text on the back of his Iron Cross:

In the middle of the cross arm: "Hauptmann d.R. Ernst Weichmann, R.I.R. 52, R.I.R. 208, M.-G. Officer at the Regts.-Stab., 1916-1920 France, Verdun, Noyon-Roye, Somme. 1917, Chemin des Dames 5.V.1917 – March 1920, Orleans, Montoine, Cholet, Chateaureux, in French. Captivity"

On the left arm of the cross:"1914 Belgium Sempst, Mechein, Antwerp, Yser, Langemarck."

On the right arm of the cross: "1915 Russia, Bug Army, Yaroslau, Rawa-Ruska, Pinsk."

Extremely fine engraving that can even be read with the naked eye. One of the best engravings we have seen so far and with the case and box an incredible and historical example of an Iron Cross on the Great War.


Condition
1-2
Historical information
Award period
1914 - 1924
OEK
1908
Institution date
March 17, 1813
Instituted by
King Frederick William III of Prussia

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.

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