Here we have a stunning First World War Knights Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with its original outer cardboard case sleeve that remains in extremely fine condition. It features flawless enamel work to both the obverse and reverse sides. The detail in the crown is exquisite. The edge of the lower arm of the cross is nicely incised with, J.U S indicating manufacture by the premier Ordens maker, J. Godet und Sohn of Berlin. It is suspended from an original piece of standard 1914 Prussian Iron Cross ribbon but when worn on the medal bar, ribbon bar or in the button hole, it had a gilt device consisting of an Imperial Crown superimposed over crossed swords attached to it. Accompanying this decoration is the original outer cardboard case sleeve.
It is open on both ends to facilitate sliding on and off of the presentation. The top of the sleeve has a paper label attached that reads, RITTERKRUEZ des Koniglichen Hausordens von Hohenzollern. Nur von dem Beliehenen zu öffen (Can only be opened by the recipient). Just below the words, von Hohenzollern, there is a hand written designation marked in black ink that reads, w.
And 2 little crossed swords indicating the award in this carton was with the crossed swords for combatants. The carton is sealed with a red paper seal that reads, KGL PREUSS. The cardboard remains in very good condition and has had a filler inserted to protect its form. The Hohenzollern Knights Cross was established 23 August 1851 by Frederick Wilhelm IV and awarded only to officers for acts of bravery in combat and who had previously been awarded the 1914 Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class. This remains a beautiful example of the very attractive Imperial Prussian decoration that was considered by many of the era to be the pre requisite for the Orden Pour le Merite.
The item "WWI HOHENZOLLEN KNIGHTS CROSS BY GODET withVERY SCARCE OUTER CARDBOARD CASE SLEEVE" is in sale since Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\Germany\Medals, Pins & Ribbons". The seller is "thedogfacesoldier" and is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.