EK II 1914, 1- Medal Bar, Military Chaplain (Kaplan), Iron Cross & Crucifixes.

EK II 1914, 1- Medal Bar, Military Chaplain (Kaplan), Iron Cross & Crucifixes.

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 three so called, Crucifixes. The biggest one measures 11 cm. The crosses are from around 1900. Made out of silver or nickel plated copper with an inlay from Ebony(black hardwood). In my opinion there were no specially made standard military crucifixes, 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 crucifixes.

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