Order of the Iron Helmet, Breast Cross (on Brabant Cross)
Image courtesy of M. Gritzner, "Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden aller Kulturstaaten der Welt"
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A cross bottony, constructed of iron and silver. The cross is made of iron with silver borders, with a superimposed helmet. The top of the helmet is decorated with five feathers, it features a silver visor and a silver lion’s head above. The breastplate below the helmet features a silver shield with the monogram ‘WK’. The 6 o’clock arm of the cross features the date ‘1814’. The reverse is smooth with the maker mark ‘KOMPFF’. Crosses without maker mark exist, these may or may not be authentic. On loop for suspension, on a magenta-coloured ribbon with white side stripes.
The Order of the Iron Helmet was established by Elector Wilhelm I and was conferred upon military personnel who fought in the Liberation Wars against France.
The order could be conferred upon individuals who fought in allied forces.
The statutes stated that the knights of the order from every region should have their names listed on a plaque, and the plaque should be displayed in the community church.
The Breast Cross was awarded together with the I Class Decoration. The II Class Decoration is identical to the I Class Decoration, yet lacks the Breast Cross.
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