German Weimar Baltic Cross 1st Class-This is a gorgeous cross even with its simple design. The Baltic Cross is a black oxidized metal cross with a bronzed cross, of the coat of arms of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, which is attached to the base with small rivets. The ends of the cross finish in stylized Fleurs de Lys. The reverse of this cross is plain. The Cross could be worn as a breast pin fixed on the left side of the tunic chest or from a medal ribbon. This is the pinback example, and this pin setup is very interesting. It is almost part of the under metal, please take look at the photo to see what I mean. The pin and catch setup work perfectly. Very interesting early pin in very good condition.
History: The Baltic Cross (Das Baltenkreuz) was a military decoration of the German Weimar Republic. It was created in 1919 by the Baltic National Committee (Baltischer Nationalausschuss), the political representation of German-Baltic population of southern Livonia and Courland (roughly equivalent to parts of modern Latvia). The Cross was awarded to officers, NCOs and men of the Baltic Landeswehr and voluntary groups who had fought in the Baltic states during 1918–19 for at least three months against the Bolshevik armies. The black wound badge was the lowest of the three classes and was awarded for one or two wounds.