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A minty Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz by B.H. Mayer's Type B variation with veins. This was awarded to those who has already received the imperial 1st class Iron Cross and earned the 1st class Iron Cross again in WWII. It is constructed out of a die-struck tombak base that has been silver washed. The obverse features a National open winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika within its talons, above a trapezoid bannered "1939". The reverse shows a solid full back. This piece has the correct; soldered on barrel hinge, soldered on round/rectangular wire catch and straight pin. All components are non-magnetic. The silver wash displays wonderfully with gorgeous highlights and detail! It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 1 ¼ inches tall. The award comes housed in its appropriate case. It is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard, with a grained simulated black leather covering. The top features a silvered Spange emblem. To the front is a magnetic, rectangular spring loaded, steel closure button. To the back is a magnetic, staggered, internal bar hinge. The hinge and the closure button continue to function well. The interior top lid is lined in pearl satin and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is made of a black felt covered cardboard and outlines the pin, hinge and catch assembly. The case is in great shape! The odd scuff throughout. It measures approximately 21 5/8 inches wide and long by ¾ of an inch thick. See page 527 of Maerz and Stimson's "The Iron Cross 1st Class". A minty textbook example to add to your collection
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