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Yser Cross (Croix de l'Yser / IJzerkruis), 1914 on rare Flemish ribbon
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Yser Cross (Croix de l'Yser / IJzerkruis), 1914 on rare Flemish ribbon
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Large bronze cross pattée with circular medal imposed, with green-enamelled medallion suspension; the face with a helmeted standing male, his left arm outstretched holding an upright lance, swirling standards beyond, dated ‘17-31 OCT 1914’, signed ‘EMILE VLOORS’ (for the Belgian artist and engraver, 1871-1952), the suspension medallion inscribed ‘YSER’; the reverse with a seated lion wounded in the flank, a battle field beyond, inscribed ‘YSER’ below, the suspension medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Albert I; diameter 43.1mm (1.7 inches); on original rare Flemish ribbon mounted for wear in the Belgian style.

The Yser Cross was instituted by the royal decrees of 5 February and 22 August 1934 to replace the Yser medal that had been instituted on 18 October 1918 and awarded to those who between 17 and 31 October 1914 resisted the German advance at the River Yser where the Belgian army took the full brunt of a major German attack and suffered 60,000 casualties, a third of its strength, but, crucially, held for the Allies the ports of Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne. In the event, 16 years after the end of the war, few recipients of the medal chose to purchase the cross and it is relatively rare.

This example is on an unofficial ribbon in the colours of Flanders, indicating it was awarded to a Flemish soldier.

 
Yser Cross (Croix de l'Yser / IJzerkruis), 1914 on rare Flemish ribbon
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Yser Cross (Croix de l'Yser / IJzerkruis), 1914 on rare Flemish ribbon
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Yser Cross (Croix de l'Yser / IJzerkruis), 1914 on rare Flemish ribbon
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