1939 German Knights cross `Sonnderklasse`
A superior reproduction 1939 German Knights cross `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 1600`s 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.