Schraube Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by Otto Schickle of Pforzheim. 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 single piece, die struck brass based construction that has been silver washed and black enamel painted. 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 features a centrally soldered on male screw piece, washer and female screw device. The paint is in great condition remaining 90% intact and the frame/screw pieces have wonderful patina! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. Expensive? Yes, but when is another one going to come up for sale?
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