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Iron Cross 2nd Class 1870 with silver frame and iron core. Core seems to be an A-type, but frame indicates a replacement or example for a medal bar, probably private purchase.
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.