Award Certificate for the Iron Cross 1st Class, 1813, to Premier - Lieutenant Blumenthal of the 1st West Prussian Infantry Regiment.
The document is a double sheet with original lacquer seal. Dated Paris, the 2nd of October 1815. With original ink signature of King Frederick William III.
Document sheet folded, minimally brittle at upper margin and centre on both sides. Overall in very fine condition.
Elias Friedrich Wilhelm Blumenthal (* 18 August 1790 in Berlin; † 25 May 1859 in Potsdam).
His parents were the court counsellor Karl Friedrich Gottlob Blumenthal and his wife Johanna Sophie Friederike, née Oehlmann.
Blumenthal joined the Prussian army in 1806 as a corporal in the fusilier battalion "von Kaiserling" and took part in the battles of Sandau, Waren and Lübeck during the Fourth Coalition War.
After the Peace of Tilsit and the reorganisation of the army, he joined the 1st West Prussian Infantry Regiment in mid-August 1809 as a Portepeefähnrich and was promoted to Sekondeleutnant at the end of September 1809. During the campaign against Russia in 1812, Blumenthal fought at Eckau, Gräfenthal and Tomoscna.
During the wars of liberation he took part in the sieges of Erfurt and Laon. He fought in the battles of Bautzen, Dresden, Leipzig, Laon, Paris, Ligny and Belle Alliance (Waterloo).
He also took part in the battles at Dannigkow, Königswartha, Bunzlau, Beauval, May, Claye, Charleroi, Gilly, Villers-Cotterets and Issy. For his bravery at Leipzig, Blumenthal received the Iron Cross II. Class and for Ligny the Iron Cross I. Class.
After the war, he rose to the rank of captain and company commander by the end of September 1819. With his promotion to major, Blumenthal was appointed commander of the I Battalion in the 26th Landwehr Regiment on 30 March 1836. This was followed by a posting to the 13th Infantry Regiment from 30 March 1844.
Promoted to lieutenant-colonel in this position on 31 March 1846, he was given command of the 19th Infantry Regiment on 20 May 1847 and appointed to the regiment on 18 January 1848 as regimental commander.
He was promoted to colonel on 10 May 1848 and received his retirement with pension on 9 August 1849. After his retirement, Blumenthal received the character of Major General on 30 August 1849.
On May 11, 1858, he was finally released and granted a pension. He died on 25 May 1859 in Potsdam.
Beautiful and extremely rare award document from one of the greatest moments of German history.
Only very few award documents for the Iron Cross 1st Class 1813 have survived. In very good condition, especially considering its age.