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Excellent 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class made by Godet, Berlin. Three-part construction. Magnetic iron core with full original paint. GODET- BERLIN maker marked. Full set-up with both pins in place. A very nice and extremely rare example!
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.