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Here we have a wonderful example of a screwback, brass core, private purchased Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by L/14 (Friedrich Orth, Wien) with a matching LDO L/14 marked case! 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 metal base that has been black enamel painted. The frame (R. Souval) 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 is maker marked “L/14” (Friedrich Orth, Wien) and features a centrally soldered on female screw piece and top spike with a male round screw back piece. The paint is in impeccable condition remaining 99%+ intact and the frame features wonderful patina! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. The cross comes housed in its correct “L/14” marked case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leather. To the front is a round steel, spring loaded, round closure button. To the back is a gilded steel staggered bar hinge. Both the hinge and catch continue to work well. The very bottom right corner is marked in white ink “L/14” (Friedrich Orth, Wien), within a rectangle. The interior top lid is lined in white satin and is marked, in gold “LDO” within an oval and rectangle border. The bottom interior of the case is constructed out of a cardboard base that is covered in a black fibrous felt material that outlines the screw plate and spike. The case measures approximately 2 5/8 inches tall and deep and ¾ of an inch thick. The case has one pressure mark to the obverse and is in excellent condition. A beautiful set you can be proud of!
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