This is a magnificent Imperial German 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class that is complete with the 25 Year Anniversary oak leaves attachment and the very scarce 1914 second award bar that remains in excellent condition. The 1870 Iron Cross is with a beautiful, stove black finish to both sides of the iron center. The detail the both the crown, “W” and “1914” on the obverse side and the crown, “FW”, oak leaves and “1813” is good and sharp. The 25 Year Anniversary oak leaves exhibit very well defined detail to the veins in the leaves and the superimposed numeral “25”. The jumper rings on the reverse of these leaves are undamaged and securely attached. The 1914 second award bar features pristine and undamaged black enamel to the Iron Cross. The detail in the cross itself is phenomenal as is the fine stippling of the background. The interior of this bar is beautifully and clearly marked, “JOH. WAGNER & SOHN – BERLIN W” and with the half moon, imperial crown and “800” silver content number. The ribbon is an original First World War ribbon that has an unusual snap arrangement added to prevent the loss of the 1914 bar. The only flaws to this piece are that the seam in the corner of the lower arm of the cross has sprung as had one side of the 1914 bar. Neither of these is significant in view of the age and scarcity of this piece and neither is apparent in the display of the piece. Both of these flaws can are shown in the photos. This piece would have been awarded to only the highest ranking officers who had been awarded the cross during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, still remained in the service in 1895 to awarded the 25 Year Anniversary oak leaves, and was still in the service during the First World War. Doing the math, the holder of this award had to be in his late 60’s when he received the 1914 bar. Don’t think there were many enlisted men in the field at that age. All in all, this is one magnificent looking Iron Cross that is proper and correct in every respect and one that displays simply beautifully.


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