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ANHALT. Friedrich Cross, I class, unofficial (Friedrich-Kreuz, I. Klasse, nicht offiziell), 1914-1918
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ANHALT.  Friedrich Cross, I class, unofficial (Friedrich-Kreuz, I. Klasse, nicht offiziell), 1914-1918
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Darkened bronze cross pattée with oak leaf wreath between the arms; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the cipher of Duke Friedrich II, the crown of Anhalt on the upper arm, the date ‘1914’ on the lower arm; the reverse plain with pin for wear; diameter 36.4mm (1.43 inches). The Cross was created by Duke Friedrich II on 12 December 1914 ‘für Offiziere, Militärbeamte, Unteroffiziere und Mannschaften sowie für sonstige Personen ohne Unterscheid des Ranges und Standes, die sich auf dem Kriegsschauplatz besonders ausgezeichnet oder während des Krieges im Heimatsgebiet hervorragend betätigt haben’ (for officers, military officials, non-commissioned officers and other ranks, as well as other persons, without regard for rank or status, who showed particular excellence in the theatre of war or exemplary conduct on the home front in support of the war). The Cross existed in a single class suspended from a ribbon but Duke Friedrich had the intention to follow the pattern of most other German states and introduce a first-class award with a pin-back insignia. This was produced by Paul Meybauer of Berlin but it was never officially instituted nor were the insignia awarded because the November revolutions of 1918 intervened. The provenance and status of the pin-back cross is thus somewhat anomalous and we offer this example in that context.

 
ANHALT.  Friedrich Cross, I class, unofficial (Friedrich-Kreuz, I. Klasse, nicht offiziell), 1914-1918
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