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H067777 PROTECTIVE BOX FOR IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS CASE.

BACKGROUND: On March 10TH 1813, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III established the Iron Cross as a temporary award for bestowal during times of war. Originally the Iron Cross was introduced in three grades with a Grand Cross intended for award to Senior Commanders for successfully leading troops in combat and the First and Second classes for award to all ranks for bravery or merit in action. The Iron Crosses were re-instituted by King Wilhelm I on July 19TH 1870 for award during the Franco-Prussian War and again on August 5TH 1914 by King Wilhelm II for award during WWI. On September 1ST 1939 Hitler once more re-instituted the Iron Cross series of awards in the First and Second Classes and established the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The first class medal was for award to personnel who performed three to five acts of bravery in combat, and had already been awarded the Iron Cross second class.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Natural tan, protective cardboard box with black printed script to top which includes the award designation, "Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse 1939", and, "Nur vom Empfänger zu Öffen", (Only to be opened by recipient). Each end of the box has folded in lips to secure it in the closed position. Shows its age and has a taped repair to the seam. One cover end is torn loose. Not often I get these, scarce.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $299.00

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