1813-1815 Iron Cross, Post-Napoleonic Period
Listing # 9058
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $325.00
Starting bid: $95.00
# of bids: 11
Closes: 4 Days, 9 Hours
Started: 5/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
Ends: 5/30/2020 1:00:00 PM

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This example of the very first Iron Cross is the 1st Class version, designed to be sewn to the breast of a uniform.  It is of unknown period of origin, but may have been produced as late as the Franco Prussian War (1870s), to be worn by aged veterans of the Napoleonic period.  It does NOT in my opinion date from the Napoleonic period, simply because any specimen from this period are so exceedingly rare, as well as the fact that original specimens are very rough in appearance due to having been sand-casted, while this example shows finer construciton characteristics typical of die construction.  In addition, due to the scarcity of actual crosses during the period, most recipents were placed on a register of recipients who entitled those on the list to an award when one became available.  As a result, there is quite a variation with respect to the details found on specimens.  In many cases, recipients even privately commissioned specimens that would be produced by any number of jewelers.  Despite the murky production history of these rare crosses, this example predates 1900 for sure, and was not created for the collector market, but for actual use, making this an exceptional piece for a collection.

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