1939 German Knights cross with swords & oakleaves Sonnderklasse

A superior reproduction 1939 German Knights cross with swords & oakleaves Sonnderklasse. Very fine copy with perfect beading, swastika and casting. Maker marked  stamped 800 to the frame.  Complete  with  generous  neck ribbon. The frames and loop are silver plated for a stunning finish. The best copy we have seen. Das Ritterkreuz  is highest  of  the Iron cross  awards. It is  worn  around  the neck.  We also offer the correct  box  for this award. This item is sonnderklass! Originals  are constructed  from  a  two silver  flange`s  and a  cast  iron  centre. It was awarded for  military  deeds  and  issued  with  a wide  neck ribbon. The  cross  measures   44mm   diameter.


The  Iron cross was  first Introduced   in  1813  by Fredrich Wilhelm 111 of Prussia during the Napoleonic wars. It was  reinstated as  a German  award  rather  than just  Prussian in 1870,1914  and during  the  Third  Reich from 1939. The roots  of  the Iron  cross  can be traced  back to the Teutonic knight order 1190 AD.  The very  earliest example  of  a  Teutonic cross can be  traced  to  the  1300§s  and appeared on coins in various  cities Later  Heraldic neck  cross were   worn around the 1600s with pin back crosses  appearing in the 1800,s. All these  inspired  the later  design of the iron cross we  are familiar  with today.   Early  neck  crosses  were  worn over  dark  clothing  with  white  enamel borders  to  make the  cross visible.  As  stated early  the  first  award  was instituted in 1813  followed  again in 1870, 1914, 1939  and finally  1957.

1939 German Knights cross with swords & oakleaves
1939 German Knights cross with swords & oakleaves