44th Contemporary History Auction

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Iron Cross 2nd Class 1870 with Oak Leaves and Jubilee Number "25"

Iron Cross 2nd Class 1870 with Oak Leaves and Jubilee Number "25"

Iron Cross 2nd Class 1870 with Oak Leaves and Jubilee Number "25"

LOT 54-1126
SOLD
Auction ended        26th September 2021  |  04:42 pm CEST
RESULT
STARTING PRICE: EUR 900,00
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DESCRIPTion, DETaILS & Photos
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PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 42.21x42.3
OEK 1905
MAKER
WEIGHT 18.84 g with oak leaf and ribbon
LOT 54-1126
EAN 2000000586946
LOT 54-1126
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
EAN 2000000586946
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 42.21x42.3
OEK 1905
MAKER
WEIGHT 18.84 g with oak leaf and ribbon
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Imperial Germany
LOT 54-1126
MATERIAL iron, silver
DIMENSIONS 42.21x42.3
EAN 2000000586946
OEK 1905
MAKER
WEIGHT 18.84 g with oak leaf and ribbon
Imperial Germany
Iron Cross 2nd Class 1870 with Oak Leaves and Jubilee Number "25"


Description

Iron Cross set containing the very same Iron Cross 2nd class, 1870, Type A, with jubilee oak leaf cluster “25” and the extremely rare to find original case of issue. The case made from brown leather shows a gold imprinted Iron Cross symbol on the lid and has the contemporary hook keeping the lid closed. The case also shows inventory label ready “10.” Indicating that this Iron Cross went to somebody highly decorated. The fact that the white satin lid interior shows the very early date of the award of 5. September 1870 supports this theory.

A very nice, very old and beautiful set for a 2nd class from the Franco Prussian War.

The cross has a silver frame and a blackened iron core. With extremely long ribbon and probably never worn judging by the condition of the hardware. The case unfortunately ripped in the back and taped.


Condition
1-
Historical information
Award period
ab 1895 -
OEK
1905
Institution date
1895
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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