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Iron Cross first class 1939 - Cased+paper box'107' > Germany / Tyskland WW1-WW2 > German WW1-2 Iron Cross / Järnkors  |  
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Item number 7343

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Maker marked '107', Karl Wild, Hamburg

Iron Cross first class 1939, cased.

Maker Marked '107', Karl Wild, Hamburg.

Excellent condition. Frame is near mint, no flaws or dark spots. Core is very nice but with some minor flaws which is very typical for this maker.

Correct case for this maker. Excellent condtion. No flaws.

Included is the extremly rare outer paper box. One flap is missing otherwise in good used condition. There is no other box for sale online that we know of.


Järnkors första klassen med ask.

Märkt '107', Karl Wild, Hamburg.

Utmärkt skick. Ramen är nära perfekt, inga mörka fläckar eller skador. Kärnan är i bra skick med någon mindre blessyr, detta är något man ser på i stort sett alla kors från denna tillverkare.

Matchade förläningsask som är korrekt för denna tillverkare. Utmärkt skick, inga skador.

Inkluderad är den extremt ovanliga pappersasken. Det finns inga andra till salu och den saknas i de flesta samlingar. En flärp saknas annars i ok skick.

The Iron Cross is indisputably the most historically rich and notorious German award. Its long tradition dates back to 1813, when King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia first instituted the order during the War of Liberation against Napoleon. The cross went on to be suspended from the uniforms of admirable German soldiers in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, and again in 1914 for World War I. Through the sacrifice of the men who earned it, its humble but striking design became synonymous with old world German courage and triumph.

In the new world order where Germany was a pariah after World War I, few reminders of past conflicts could be a source of pride. Still, the old silver and black was reminiscent of gallant Prussian warriors, the great victories of the Bismarck era, and the brave soldiers of World War I; the cross has had an unquestionable aura since it was created. With the opening salvos of World War II, Hitler superimposed his chilling political imagery to this aura, evoking the glory of bygone days. With that act, the 1939 Iron Cross, now forever interlaced with the Third Reich, instantly became one of the most visually powerful and recognizable military awards of all time.

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