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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 an iron metal 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 and polished. A final protectant lacquer coating was applied over the entire award. 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 full back reverse features the correct soldered block hinge, soldered "C' shaped flat wire catch and straight pin these guys used one thier firt issue crosses. It measures 1 ¾ inches tall and wide. It has nicely aged with time. The cores paint shows some wear and paint loss. See page 83 of "The Iron Cross 1. Class" by Maerz & Stimson. He speaks specifically to this rarer reverse set up.
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