Posted 6 years ago
Pictured here is a WW II German Iron Cross 2nd Class which was converted by its owner to a Knights Cross. It was a common practice for Knights Cross winners to convert their 2nd class crosses for fear of losing or having their original presentation piece damaged. The Iron Cross is smaller than the Knights Cross. The owner could have a jeweller add a small ring to the existing cross, then add a Knights Cross suspension ring to the small ring. Sometimes the owner would choose to use the Knights Cross ribbon, or as in this case used the ribbon from the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Tie strings or a hook and loop device would be stitched to the ribbon in order to secure the award around the owners neck.