Iron Cross, Model I, II Class (1813-1815) (with year 1815)
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The Iron Cross was a military decoration founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and it was awarded for acts of heroism, bravery and exemplary leadership.
The Cross was primarily a military decoration, yet on numerous occasions it was awarded to civilians for services rendered to the military.
The design of the Cross was inspired by the Cross pattée, which was used as a symbol of the Teutonic Order, as well as the Prussian Army from 1871 to 1918.
The Order consisted of three grades, I Class Cross, II Class Cross and Grand Cross. The I and II Class are largely the same in size and composition. The Grand Cross was double the size of the former.
The I and II Class Crosses were worn on the left breast, and the Grand Cross was worn suspended from the neck.
The Cross was first awarded in recognition of exemplary military and civil service during the Napoleonic Wars.
Model II of the Decoration was awarded during the Franco-Prussian War (1870).
Model III of the Decoration was awarded during the First World War (1914), and subsequent versions were awarded during World War II and featured a swastika in the center of the obverse.
The II Class Cross could be awarded to both combatants and non-combatants. The crosses are the same, but the cross for combatants was awarded on a black ribbon, with thin white stripes, and the cross for non-combatants was awarded on a white ribbon, with thin black stripes.
Iron crosses are usually constructed from an iron frame, which is placed between a two piece silver frame. Generally, the seam of where the two silver plates are soldered together is visible around the edge of cross.
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