G6403-3 WWI Iron Cross Second Class

G6403-3 WWI Iron Cross Second Class

The award of the Iron Cross second class had to precede the ward of the Iron Cross first class or higher.

The front of the cross shows the date of institution (1914) at the bottom, the imperial crown at the top and “W” for Wilhelm in the center. The rear of the cross has the date of institution for the original iron cross, which is 1813 at the bottom along with an oak leaf branch in the center and the imperial crown at the top. Below the crown is the initials “FW” for Freidrick Wilhelm. The jump ring is either unmarked or it may have a maker mark on it. Occasionally, there may be a silver mark on the cross. These marks may be difficult to read.

The basic cross is made of an iron or brass core painted black within a two piece frame of silvered metal, usually brass.  Both the front and back halves of the frame are cut out to show the iron core.  It measures about 1 3/4” square.

The ribbon has black outer stripes followed by white stripes. The center is a wide black stripe.

This is a really neat example of the WWI Iron Cross second class. The black paint on the iron core is about 98%, but does show minor age. The frame shows some patina. The ribbon is in excellent shape with essentially little wear. However, the white has yellowed from age. The ribbon also has an attachment pin of the form normally found on tinnies. This pin was added by the original owner.

The jump ring is marked "800", meaning the ring and frame are 80% silver. However, I see no maker mark on the cross.

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