1870 Iron Cross II Class, Jubilaumspange, Oakleaves, REPRO
Listing # 9070
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $228.50
Starting bid: $95.00
# of bids: 11
Closes: 1 Day, 15 Hours
Started: 5/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
Ends: 5/30/2020 1:00:00 PM

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An 1870 Iron Cross 2nd class, which appears to be a very well done reproduction made to deceive, upon which is affixed both the 1895 Jubilaumsspange (Jubilee Oak Leaf), as well as the 1914 Wiederholungsspange.

The cross in this example is marked on the suspension ring with what appears to be an "M.O." and the specimen shows wear to the paint and frame, though no damage. The core has been named 'The ninth bead fake' by collectors. 

The oakleaf was awarded to recipients of the 1870 Iron Cross in 1895 on the 25th anniversary of the cross, to Franco-Prussian war veterans in Berlin on the authority of Kaiser Wilhlem.  It is estimated that 25,000 of these were award, which had to be purchased by individuals.  As a result, many variations exist.

The Wiederholungsspange was awarded to 1870 Iron Cross recipients who earned a 2nd class Iron Cross in WWI, instead of issuing a second Iron Cross 2nd class.  As is the case with most Iron Crosses and related devices, the spange had to be purchased by the recipient, so many companies produced them.  There appear to be no actual documented originals, so the majority of the clasps on the market (of which there are certainly way too many!) are fakes. 

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