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Napoleonic war rarity, 1813 Iron Cross Bar
Old 06-13-2017, 06:07 AM   #1
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Default Napoleonic war rarity, 1813 Iron Cross Bar

I decided today to share with you on this forum, my grand purchase this year I did in late February. I'm a collector of medal bars and I think I scored big time with this beauty.
I hate the overuse of the word rare, that's quite frequently seen in various descriptions. But however I think this medal bar qualifies as rare!

This bar was found in an old house in Germany that was being demolished this year, and has never been in a collection before it eventually landed in mine.



The medal bar is an authentic medal bar made during the 1840's (my own estimate). It has a correct ribbon wrapping around two metal wires soldered in a rectangular shape, which has a hinge, pin and catch soldered to it. So in my eyes a textbook period mounting.

It consists of an 1813 Iron Cross 2.Class, with a non-stepped serif core with quite wide frames. A product of the Vererbungserie made around 1834-38 for the recipients of the Iron Cross 2.Class 1813 who had not yet received their actual award. The jumpring is soldered correctly aswell on the other side.
As a small minus, the frame of the EK2 is lightly split open.

Next to the Prussian Iron Cross 1813, we have a Kriegsdenkmünze 1814 with (variation with the round corners) with the Randschrift "Aus erobetem Gschütz", which is translated to English "Made of conquered canons". So the medal is actually made one of Napoleons canons.

Last but not least, we have the 2.variation of the 25 year service cross (made around 1840 and onwards).


In my eyes this is a fantastic bar of a Prussian Freiheitskämpfer who had a long career in the army after the war! Reason why I refer to the soldier as a Freiheitskämpfer (Freedom Fighter), is because the Sixth Coalition War against Napoelon was called by the Prussians the Befreiungskriege (Wars of Liberation).



For those who are interested to read more of the Napoleonic Wars (very interesting subject), here are a few links to Wikipedia articles of a few interesting battles I can highly recommend to read for those interested.

- Battle of Großbeeren
- Battle of Katzbach
- Battle of Kulm
- Battle of Dennewitz
- Battle of Leipzig (The most famous battle!)

In general the Befreiungskriege

- Befreiungskriege


I can only recommend to read more about the subject, personally I find this highly interesting.

Once again, I'll look forward to comments and discussion and I would love to see items from your collection as well





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Old 06-13-2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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Here's a few extra pictures of the EK.



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Old 06-13-2017, 03:12 PM   #3
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Wow, just wow.
You should take good care with the ribbon.
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Old 06-13-2017, 04:59 PM   #4
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Throw a little light on the bar. Let's see it in all of its glory.
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
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WOW!!!
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Very, Very nice.
I can't wait to see what's next.
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Congratulations, that is a beautiful Ek2 and bar.. Interesting construction
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:13 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies all!
I've got in mind something different show.
It's more of an unique story, ever heard anyone return from the dead?

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Sure Don,
I'll grab some new pictures today!

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Here are some new pictures in better light




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Wow Daniel!!! This bar is amazing!
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Thank you!
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Very nice!
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That is an amazing discovery! Congrats.

I have always been interested in the Napoleonic Wars, but it was trips to Leipzig in 2007 to see the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, and in 2014 to see the battlefields, which reignited my interest.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:44 AM   #15
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Thanks to you two!

I'm myself planing to visit the Völkerschlacht Denkmal in Leipzig in the future. After all, its a battle for Germans as legendary as Waterloo for the British.
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