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That is the Albrechtkreuz with swords. The enameled ones are Knights Crosses (1st or 2d class).

Thanks Don, in what class is this Albert Cross, 1st, 2nd etc?

I've come across a bronze example also.

Was it considered just as a Albert Cross with or without swords and has no class designation? If so, was the use of bronze a late war example?

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I understand now, the War Merit was lower than the Albert Cross and it came with and without swords. Just wanted to make sure I knew what I was searching for.


My mind in still at church............chatting up the preacher's wife. :D

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Just to clarify, the War Merit Cross came only as is shown, no swords were ever awarded with it. And only the silver cross which was awarded to NCOs is called the Albert Cross (Albrechtkreuz). All other awards of this series are the Albert Order. And the Albert Cross isn't part of the 'class' system like the orders, there is only one 'class' of it so there is no need for such a distinction

An Albrecht Cross with swords and ribbon will cost anywhere from 275-350 euro, depending on condition, dealer, etc... Although these are not really my area so don't take my word for it too much.

Also, the Albrecht Cross without swords was a peacetime award. The design changed in 1909 so that later crosses were one rather than multipiece construction. The older (pre-1909) ones are worth more and are IMO nicer.

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