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  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941
  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941
  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941
  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941
  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941
  • Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941

Item: EU19028

Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941

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Croatia, Independent State. An Order of the Iron Trefoil, I Class, c.1941

(Red Željeznog Trolista). Instituted in 1941. Cross in black lacquered non-magnetic metal alloy, silvered centrepiece with red and blue enamels, unmarked but of typical Braca Knaus of Zagreb manufacture, measuring 50.2 mm (w) x 51 mm (h), intact enamels, contact mark evident on the arm at 9 o'clock on the obverse, on its original full-length neck ribbon, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a Photograph of a Group of Seven Officers, the two central figures wearing the Award around their necks (in black and white, gloss finish, postcard style backer, stamped "Voigtländer" on the reverse, measuring 135 mm (w) x 85 mm (h), extremely fine).

 

Footnote: The Order of the Iron Trefoil, also known as the Croatian Cross, was the highest military decoration of the Independent State of Croatia, and it was awarded for "acts of war, achieved by personal incentive, for efforts and good leadership in ventures, which had remarkable success against the enemy." The Order had four classes: the 1st Class is worn on a ribbon around the neck, 2nd Class without the ribbon on the left chest, 3rd Class on ribbon on buttonhole, and the 4th Class on triangular ribbon on left chest. For exceptional merits the Order was awarded with Oak Leaves. The recipients of the 1st and 2nd Class had the right to the title "Vitez" (Knight).

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