Field Upgrade Iron Cross 1st Class - WWII German Medal
Minty and unissued awards are always nice but sometimes a piece like this can really tell us a story. This is an Iron Cross First Class that is a field upgrade from a second class. This is a known practice and this one is particularly nice as the solder job clearly has age appropriate to the time in which this would have been done. The suspension ring on the top has been removed and smoothed off as well. The reason for this is usually that the award was important enough to the soldier that he didn't want the issued award to be lost or damaged in the field. Front line soldiers awarded the Knights Cross would almost never wear the actual award in combat but would wear their first class rigged up with a neck ribbon. In such cases the original award would be sent home to family. Perhaps this fellow decided that if he were to never come home at least his son might have an award that was very important to him. Whatever the exact reasoning might have been this piece does have personality and gives us a feel for the time.