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Important Iron Cross 1st Class awarded by Kaiser Wilhelm II at Verdun to Leutnant Blue severing with Feldartillerie-Regiment 25.
1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Classic three-part construction with iron core. Original paint to the core.
Correctly attached hinge, catch and pin. No repairs.
Maker's mark: "S W"
A rare period time engraving on the reverse "Lt. Blume F.A.R . 25 1.4.1915 Verdun"
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.