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Nice example here in deep maroon. This award is a die struck, three piece (single piece iron core and two piece alloy construction) construction. The obverse features a pattee style cross with a centrally placed “W”, below a kings crown and above “1914” all in black with a ribbed and flat border. The reverse shows a centrally placed oak leaf design, kings crown, “FW” and “1813”. The black paint is practically mint! The border has beautifully toned with age leaving a nice and dark patina! The ring is marked, “800”. The award comes with 6” of original white and black rayon ribbon. Now the case looks neat It is made of a type of maroon simulated snake skin, which really looks cool! There is a 1914 EKII on the front and “Der Dank des Vaterlandes” in black to the inside silk top.. The top is attached to the bottom with silk fabric and does not close perfectly as there is no button to the front so it’s a bit loose. There is some wear as shown, but keep in mind this thing is 100 years old!! The interior is flocked with beige to the bottom. Nice one
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