Here we have a great example of a Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by Rudolf Souval of Wien! 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. A final protectant lacquer 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 a soldered on black hinge, flat wire catch and coke bottle pin. This one is vaulted, likely by the original owner, not factory done. The paint is in good condition remaining 95%+ intact. There is a bit of roughness to the top of the Swas. Like maybe someone has a sticker on it at a European show or such? The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall.
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