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A so-called "Prinzengröße" (reduced size). Classic three-part construction. Cast iron core with original black finish. Silver frame. Beautiful matching patina. Size: 34.64x35.21 mm.
Including an original ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and a incorrect but period time "25" Jubilee Clasp (reduced size).
Signs of use. Good condition.
1870 - 1873
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.