A Rare, Screwback, brass core Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by Petz & Lorenz of Unterreichenbach! 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. It is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of a brass base that has been black enamel painted. The frame and back plate are constructed out of a nickel-silver base that has been silver washed. A final protectant lacquer was applied over the entire award. 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 full back reverse features a centrally soldered on male screw back piece which holds a steel round plated and lacquered washer plate and a tombak standard nut with two soldered on loops. The paint remains 95%+ intact, which is much better than most of these by Petz & Lorenz. It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. A sought after piece!
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