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Here we have an Imperial Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse! Emperor Wilhelm II reauthorized the Iron Cross on 5 August 1914. It is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of an iron metal base that has been black enamel painted. The two piece frame is constructed out of silver base that has been polished. A final protectant lacquer was applied over the entire award. The obverse features; a patte style cross that has a centrally placed embossed "W" (cypher for King Wilhelm II), below a Kings crown (top arm) and above "1914" (lower arm - institution date August 5th 1914), which is all on a black base and surrounded by a silvered ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The reverse shows a centrally placed three piece oak leaf and acorn cluster, below a "FW" (cypher for King Friedrich Wilhelm III) and a Kings crown and is above "1813", and is all surrounded by that same border. To the top is a soldered on loop and "KO" maker marked ring. Accompanying the award is approximately 5 inches of black and white silk ribbon. 95%+ of the paint remains intact. The border has beautifully patinaed with age. The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. A nice piece!
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