GRAND Cross of Iron Cross & GRAND Pour Le Merite +Oak Leaves Highest Honor Repro

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GRAND Cross of Iron Cross & GRAND Pour Le Merite +Oak Leaves Highest Honor Repro
 

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This special class of Pour le Mérite was established by King Wilhelm I on 18 September 1866 and was only awarded to five people. After Wilhelm I died, the Grand Cross was never awarded again. “The Grand Cross badge consisted of a larger cross worn suspended from the neck on the standard ribbon. A companion breast star was worn on the left breast.”*
The Grand Cross is described as being twice the size of the normal Pour le Mérite medallion with a bust portrait of Friedrich the Great at its center. This star medallion on the breast has only four points and looks like a rotated square with sun beam styled rays coming from a center area on which the portrait of Friedrich is located.
“The whereabouts of the orginal Grand Cross sets is unknown. It is presumed some may still be in the possession of the Hohenzollern family. Moltke’s orders were destroyed in the bombings of World War II.”*
*from David Edkins The Prussian Orden Pour le Mérite
List of Grand Cross recipients
King of Prussia Wilhelm I — 11 November 1866
Crown Prince of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm — 1 September 1873
Prince of Prussia Friedrich Karl — 1 September 1873
Emperor of Russia Alexander II — 24 April 1878
Field Marshal Hellmuth von Moltke — 8 March 1879

The Grand Cross of the Iron Cross was a decoration intended for victorious generals of the Prussian Army and its allies. It was the highest (normally awarded) class of the Iron Cross. Along with the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, the Grand Cross was founded on March 10, 1813, during the Napoleonic Wars. It was renewed in 1870 for the Franco-Prussian War and again in 1914 for World War I. In 1939, when Adolf Hitler renewed the Iron Cross as a German (rather than strictly Prussian) decoration, he also renewed the Grand Cross.

Crown Prince Charles John of Sweden, wearing the 1813 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross.

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