G08502X4 WWII Iron Cross First Class

G08502X4 WWII Iron Cross First Class

The award of the Iron Cross first class had to be preceded by the ward of the Iron Cross second class.

The front of the cross shows the date of institution (1939) at the bottom and a mobile swastika (standing on a point) in the center. The rear of the cross normally has a pin and catch, and is either unmarked or has a maker mark, but reverse details vary slightly.

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

This is a great example of the WWII Iron Cross first class. It has a coke bottle shaped pin. The catch is made of a piece of flat stock bent into the shape of a “C”. The flat black paint on the iron core is about 98%, with only the slightest hint of wears. The frame shows some patina.

It is maker marked “65” on the front of the pin. This mark is for the firm of Klein and Quenzer of Idar-Oberstein.

This item is part of a small grouping I bought at a local militaria / gun show. (I really like Iron Crosses, but I can’t keep all of them!)

Reference: The Iron Cross, by Gordon Williamson, 142.

$325.00 Price:

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