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What a neat Iron Cross Urkunde. I have never seen one like this issued from Philadelphia, Pa. USA. Is there a date on it?

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The certificate is unfortunately not dated, but the Iron Cross depicted on it is the WW1 1914 dated day type, so it would lead me to believe that this certificate was from the 1920s at least.

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Aha! Fred is right on the money with his analysis. This Urkunde is not a certificate for the Iron Cross medal itself but for a "Nagel". The Nagel is a pin or button which is also referred to as a "Nadel" or stickpin... as in a small lapel pin or button. This is something that can be worn on civilian clothing to indicate the award of the full size medal normally worn on the uniform.

 

So, this seems to be a certificate for the award of an unofficial miniature lapel, or tie, pin in the form of an iron Cross. Presumably, the recipient would have to already be an official holder of the Iron Cross 1st or 2nd class to receive the pin.

 

Do you agree Fred? Perhaps you can comment on the seals?

 

Very neat! I have never seen one of these before.

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Now that is cool. Thanks for the info. I found it in Pennsylvania, not too far from Philadelphia and was always confused by the mixed motifs.

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Sorry, I have to disagree here. An "Eiserner Nagel" is simply an iron nail. This wonderfull Urkunde gives credit to a person who donated money for a Hilfsfond of the Deutschwehr-Verein, an charitable association. This certificate has nothing to do with the iron cross medal or pins. Here are some more informations:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_Men

 

http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/ead.html?id=PACSCL_GSP_MsColl28&fq=top_repository_facet%3A%22German%20Society%20of%20Pennsylvania%22&

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Kriegsnagelungen "War Nailing" were very popular events in Germany, Austria/Hungary during WW I. They used big wooden objects like knights or iron croses e.g. One could buy nails by donating money. These iron nails were nailed into the objects. Donors (in this case Johann Baust) received a certficate like we have seen here in this post. The purpose was to raise money. As Fred said, this was done to support widows and orphans but also for patriotic/propaganda reasons. Here's a picture of such a nailed iron cross. (Wikipedia). Please search the net for "1. Weltkrieg" & "Kriegsnagelung" or "Nagelbilder" and you'll find hundreds of pictures of these objects and certificates.

 

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