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A beautiful and rare miniature Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse 1939! The 2nd Class Iron Cross was awarded for an act of bravery in the face of the enemy, or actions that were clearly above and beyond the call of duty. This piece would be privately purchased and worn by the awardee while in civilian clothing. It is constructed out of a die struck bronze base that has been silver washed and black enamel painted. The obverse features; a pattee style cross that has a centrally placed embossed mobile swastika and "1939" to the lower arm, which is all on a black base and surrounded by a silvered ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The reverse features that same black base with a raised "1813" to the lower arm and has that same ribbed/beaded row and flat outlying border. To the top is a soldered on steel loop and steel ring which holds approximately 1 1/2 inches of stitched together red, white and black rayon ribbon. The paint is in excellent condition remaining 95%+ intact. The whole piece exhibits beautiful patina! The cross measures approximately 14mm wide and tall. A rare and nice piece you will be proud to own! Here is a microscopic view (potty mouth) https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=bwxVZy3EVB4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2SyvHM21LXFD9t0g6O00AFRtKc7xLirJUcUJRPTOkPxnUUbyUQwk8xdX4.
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