EK II 1914, 1- Medal Bar, Military Chaplain Cross (Kaplan Kreuz)
I was told that the single mounted Iron cross medal bar (Einzelspange) came from a minister’s household, but there is no proof for that! Good be coloured purple on purpose, so it will match with the purple Gown? Or may be the colour had run out during washing? Who never would know that for sure….no one can tell it anymore. But on the other hand……the medal bar is purple and shown here. Not everything was textbook and I believe in it!
On both sides of the medal bar two so called, cruxifixes. The crosses are from around 1900. Made out of silver or nickel plated copper with an inlay from Ebony (black hardwood). I think there was no crucifix made especially for the army chaplains. In my opinion they (would) use their own personal cruxifixes, there was no such thing as a standard military crucifix issued by the military for the chaplains in World War I. But on the internet you can find a lot of pictures from WW I military chaplains who wore this type of cruxifixes, mostly a little bit larger than the ones shown here.