Here we have a wonderful cased, Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse 1939 by Souval. 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 patte 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 textbook Souval outer corners are correctly pointed. The paint is in wonderful condition remaining 97%+ intact and the frame has a nice patina to it! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. The cross comes housed in an unmarked case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leather. The interior top lid is lined in white satin and is maker marked, in black. The bottom interior of the case is constructed out of a cardboard base that is covered in tan flocking that outlines the pin. The hinge it the paper type. The case measures approximately 2 5/8 inches tall and deep and ¾ of an inch thick. The cardboard shows wear small tear and wear. A nice unmarked set you can be proud of!
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