Here we have The Honor Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914/1918). The cross was awarded to all non-combatant veterans who where participants of WWI. The last one was awarded in 1944. It is constructed out of a die struck steel base that has been bronze plated. The obverse depicts a centrally placed “1914 1918” surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath, that is open at the top and tied together at the bottom, which is in front of a pattée style cross. The full back reverse features an embossed maker mark which reads: “2 R.V. Pforzheim” (Reichsverband Arbeitsgemeinschaft Heinrich Vogt, Pforzheim). The top has an integral bent over loop and ring which holds approximately 4 ¼ inches of black, white and red, soiled rayon ribbon. There are two holes to the ribbon where the pin was attached. The award measures approximately 1 ½ inches wide and tall. Rarer than the Hindenburg cross with swords. A nice inexpensive addition to your collection!
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