Iron cross I class. Iron cross was a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia and later in the German Empire (1871-1918) and Nazi Germany (1939-1945). It was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and first awarded on 10th of March 1813 during the Napoleonic wars. The recommissioned Iron cross was also awarded during Franco-Prussian war, WWI and WWII, re-introduced with a swastika added in the center. The Iron cross was normally a military decoration though there were instances of it being awarded to civilians for performing military functions. The design of the cross symbol was black with a white or silver outline. It was ultimately derived from the cross pattée occasionally used by the teutonic order from the 13th century. The black cross patty was also used as the symbol of the german army from 1871 to March/April 1918, when it was replaced by the bar cross. In 1956, it was re-introduced as the symbol of bundeswehr, the modern german armed forces. This cross is a Nazi Germany version with original case.
Condition: Good, loop for needle on back replaced