Attractive, 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Kl.' (or: Iron Cross 1st class) being a non-maker-marked example that as was (I deem) produced by the Austrian maker (ie. 'Hersteller'): 'Friedrich Orth' and that comes in its original etui as issued
This is a truly attractive - and I deem just moderately worn- and/or used - example of an: 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' (or: Iron Cross 1st class) being a detailed and non-maker-marked example as was (I deem) produced by the desirable maker (ie. 'Hersteller') named: 'R. Wächtler u. Lange' as was based in the town of Mittwaida in Sachsen and that came stored in its original, simulated leather-based- (and fairly luxuriously styled!) etui as issued and/or recently found and that comes in an overall very nice- (surely issued and just moderately used- ie. worn-), condition. The magnetic cross - which is totally void of any makers'-designation - was with certainty never cleaned and has a nice and/or attractive age-patina: it retains some of its so-called: 'hochpolierte Kanten' (or: polished sides) and has a minimally darkened- (ie. hardly 'blackened'- ie. stained) finish (as can be seen on the pictures). The cross has a nicely preserved, black-finished (ie. somewhat 'satin-like'- ie. somewhat matted-) core: it is void of any damage nor paint-loss (as can be seen on the pictures). The piece is just a tiny bit dusty and/or stained but was never cleaned nor polished. The back of the cross is just a tiny bit stained (but was never cleaned nor polished). The (flute-shaped) pin and catch (ie. set-up) are naturally unaltered and/or fully functional. The etui comes also in a very fine and fully complete condition: the silver-rimmed cross that figures on the etui's top is in a very nice and undamaged condition whereas the yellowish-beige-coloured- and/or velvet-like interior is also present and in place: it is just a bit 'yellowed' by age (as can be seen on the pictures). The cross is (I deem) an evident specimen that was almost certainly produced by the Austrian maker: 'Friedrich Orth' as was based in the town of Wien (ie. 'Hersteller 15'): it has very nice and/or pronounced detail as to be expected for a cross by this desirable maker. The piece is (I deem) an early-war-period produced example something that can be corroborated by the presence of an early-type, silvered frame. The IC was recently found at a German private-household and was never before in collectors'-hands: it came together with the EKII-class that I offer under nr. 62291: both awards belonged to the same soldier who was awarded these, moderately used them and stored them for decades!