1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class `Sonnderklasse`

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1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class with ribbon. Fantastic quality with .925 silver plate. This  is  a sonnderklasse  item see below…


1939 IRON CROSS  2nd  CLASS.  SONNDERKLASSE   `special  quality`

The  1939  Iron Cross  2nd Class. Our reproduction is an accurate  single piece copy with correct  broad pin to the  reverse and fine  details to the  centre  and  the  silver beading is  plated  in 0.925 silver. These are made using  the original  tools.  Originals  are constructed  from  a  two silver  flange`s  and a  cast  iron  centre. It was awarded for  military  deeds  and  issued  with  a ribbon.  The  award  was not  worn  but a length of  ribbon  or a small mounted bar  were  worn on the  tunic to indicated  a  recipient.


The 1939 Iron  cross  was introduced 1st sept  1939 following the beginning of the  second  world  war. Three  grades  were issued,  2nd  class, 1st  class  and  The Knights  cross  of  the Iron  cross. The  latter  cross  was   of  a larger  size 44mm  and worn  round  the neck with  a wider  ribbon.  The  1939 Ribbon was  red  white  and black.

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.

SONNDERKLASSE   `special  quality`

All sonnderklasse  badges are made in Europe.  Many  of these  badges   are made  using  the original dies (or  remakes  of  them)  and tools which were bought from the factories  when  they closed, mostly in  the  1960`s  and 70`s.  Even some of the original flaws have being preserved to gain the highest level of authenticity.  The  old metals  like  nickel  and zinc and kriegsmetal  are not really possible to recreate  so metals  of similar  properties  and weights  are used.    These are museum quality reproductions as close to an original as you can get for a fraction of the price.

Additional information

Weight 0.30 kg
Dimensions 6 × 5 × 1 cm

1 review for 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class `Sonnderklasse`

  1. David Armitage

    Starting out my WW2 German collection I chose the “1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class” to be the first step into this new world. The order was processed and delivered very quickly.

    Receiving an upgraded Sonnderklasse version just made that moment of starting my collection even better.

    The quality and materials used for this award is of a very high standard, the weight behind it makes it feel like you are holding one of the real ones. I do not think I could find anywhere that would produce this award to such a standard.

    Very satisfied customer.

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