IRON CROSS

The Iron Cross designed by King Willem III of Prussia and instituted on 13 March 1813. The idea was a medal for bravery without class distinction. Anyone,  a soldier, civilian or a King, was eligible for the First and Second Class.

The Iron Cross

The W stands for Willem I (1870) and WW II (1914), German emperor and King of Prussia. Oak leaves is a military symbol of immortality and fortitude in German martial art. The black core in the cross is made of cast iron. The simplicity of this material stands for the chivalrous duty, the reluctance of a Prussian soldier and also symbolizes the Iron Age of classical mythology.

Iron cross 1813-1870-1914

Emperor Wilhelm II reauthorized the Iron Cross on 5 August 1914, at the start of World War I. During these three periods, the Iron Cross was an award of the Kingdom of Prussia, although—given Prussia’s pre-eminent place in the German Empire formed in 1871—it tended to be treated as a generic German decoration. The 1813, 1870, and 1914 Iron Crosses had three grades

My Collection

I collect Iron Crosses and everything related. But why Iron crosses? Because of there design, history, or appearance? I think all of them….. but especially the design. You still see it in the motorcycle & hotrod scene. There is some power in the design….cool, strong, mysterious and timeless! If you start to collect,  you also see the varations, patina and the varities in items related to the Iron cross.

 

 

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condition, patina and origin.
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The Iron Cross

the story...

The Iron Cross history from 1813, 1914 and 1939…

The Iron Cross designed by King Willem III of Prussia and instituted on 13 March 1813. The idea was a medal for bravery without class distinction. Anyone, a soldier, civilian or a King, was eligible for the First and Second Class.

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IRON CROSS The History 1813-1870-1914

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