A rare variation Übergrosse Knights Cross Sized (47.5mm) - Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse by Frank & Reif of Stuttgart. In Previtera's “The Iron Time A History of the Iron Cross” page 278 states: “It is possible that they (Übergrosse Crosses) were intended to be Knight’s Crosses or a prototype for the Knight’s Cross”. The 2nd Class Iron Cross was awarded for an act 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 two piece frame is constructed out of a nickel silver base that has been silver washed and polished. 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 reverse features that same black base with a raised “1813” to the lower arm and has that same ribbed and flat outlying boarder. To the top is a soldered on loop and ring which holds approximately 11 1/2 inches of red, white and black rayon ribbon. The paint is in wonderful condition being 97%+ intact! The border has nicely patinaed with time. The Übergrosse cross measures approximately 47.5mm inches wide and tall. A rare and desirable variation!
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