1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. Three piece constructed cross with magnetic iron core. Unmarked. Well detailed, typical broken core. Black paint in overal good condition with light traces of age. Framework in good condition with small damage. This 100% original and ultra rare Grand cross was never finished with a top ring but was delivered so to be used on a Standarte or flag pole ornament. The cross was attached to this ornament with 2 rivets on each arm, 8 rivets in total. It was later removed from its ornament, rivets are still visible. Piece is absolutely untouched and never messed with.
The Iron Cross was renewed on 19 July 1870, for the Franco-Prussian War. Only nine men received the 1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross for service during that war. Seven Grand Crosses were awarded on 22 March 1871, to: Crown Prince Albert of Saxony August Karl von Goeben, Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel, Helmuth Graf von Moltke the Elder, Prince Frederick, Charles of Prussia. Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (later Kaiser Friedrich III), August Graf von Werder, Kaiser Wilhelm I received the Grand Cross on 16 June 1871, and Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, received it on 4 December 1871. The Kaiser was supreme commander of the Prussian Army, and Moltke was Chief of the General Staff. The others were senior combat commanders of the Prussian Army (Crown Prince Albert initially commanded the Saxon Army as a corps under a Prussian field army, but later took command of a combined Prussian/Saxon field army).
Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain an original 1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross, one of the highest orders ever awarded.
***Please not the comparison with a standart size ion cross 1914, this cross is not included***
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