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Eisernes Kreuz 1914, 1.Klasse and Black Wound Badge, 1918

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A Prussian Iron Cross 1st class that I got many years ago in London in early 1968. Paid about 2 pounds for it then.

It is a convex example with a wide straight pin on a wide hinge, the reverse had orignally a highly polished, plated finish. Alloy with a high silver content and with a magnetic iron core. The cross shows a lot of wear and the frame has opened slightly in some places. This was probably a private purchase example, differing slightly from standard awarded examples. No makers marks.


A black wound badge, official issue, original black finish over magnetic iron, with a narrow iron pin. Has also had a lot of wear. No makers marks. Discovered many years ago in a second hand shop near Hamburg, cost about 10 DM in those days.


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