A rare Miniature Buttonhole Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse 1939. The 1st Class Iron Cross was awarded to those who had received the 2nd class iron cross and preformed 3-5 acts 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 nickel-silver base that has been black enamel painted. The obverse features; a pattée 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 iron cross is attached to a red, white and black rayon bowtie ribbon and reverse stitched on black bakelite button. The button reads: “Solide Elegant”. The paint is in excellent condition remaining 90%+ intact. The cross measures approximately 9mm wide and tall. A nice piece!
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