Established September 1st 1939, the clasp to the Iron Cross (Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz) was a metal medal clasp displayed on the uniforms of German Wehrmacht personnel who had been awarded the Iron Cross during the first world war.
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 Swastika above a trapezoid bearing the year 1939.The clasp was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon. The ribbon was worn through a tunic button of the uniform.
For the First Class award, the larger but identical clasp was pinned directly on the upper breast pocket above the Iron Cross 1st class (1914) of the wearer. This pin-back clasp was usually awarded in a presentation case as in this example.
A beautiful example! This piece exhibits 99% of its original frosty silver finish and is most likely unissued. Other than some handling wear and a slight scuff or two on the rear of the case, it is in fantastic condition! There is slight staining on the inside lid of the case that reveals, at some point, there were some type of Russian insignia in the case as well as the spange, as the imprint of the "Hammer and Sickle" are visible on the white fabric.
A truly gorgeous set complete with case!