Original German WWII Cased Clasp to the Iron Cross Second Class 1939 with Pinback - Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Established by Frederick William in 1813 for gallantry in action, the Iron Cross decoration was revived several times for later conflicts. The bulk of the issues are divided into 1st and 2nd class versions, but a rare and superior 'Grand Cross' was also awarded for successful field commanders. During WW1 the lower decoration was freely awarded with 5½ million second class types issued. Originally, the Iron Cross was an award of the Kingdom of Prussia, however given Prussia's pre-eminent place in the German Empire formed in 1871, it became an award for all of Germany.

With so many Iron Crosses issued in WWI, it was inevitable that soldiers who already had achieved the 1914 version of the award might receive another during WWII. When the 1939 Iron Cross began being issued, they also introduced the Clasp to the Iron Cross (Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz). This way, a holder of the 1914 Iron Cross could be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. To permit the two medals to be worn together, a "1939 Clasp" (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. It depicted a national eagle clutching an oak leaf wreath surrounding a swas above a trapezoid bearing the year 1939. The clasp was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon. The ribbon was then worn through a tunic button of the uniform.

This example is in very good condition, and does not look to have been ever attached to a ribbon. in fact, it may not be intended for a ribbon at all! This example has a functional pinback, like most badges. This means no ribbon was required to hang it over the iron cross. This is the first time we have seen one of these, and it is in great condition, with very little wear!

The award comes complete in its original presentation case, with the Iron Cross Clasp 1939 emblem on the lid, and a functional catch on the front. The interior felt and satin lining is very well retained, with minimal wear and age toning. The exterior is also very nice, with moderate wear, and no damage to the hinge.

This is a fantastic chance to own a lovely WWII period accessory for one of the most iconic of all German awards. Ready to display!

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