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Here we have a rare Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse 1914 mit Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1939. The Iron Cross is by Paul Meybauer of Berlin. The Spange is by Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid. The Spange was awarded to those who has already received the Imperial 1st Class Iron Cross 1914 and earned the 1st Class Iron Cross 1939 again in WWII. The multi-piece award is constructed out of a nickel silver (spange and fame) and iron (core) that has been silver washed and black enamel painted. The obverse features a National open winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika within its talons, above a trapezoid bannered “1939”, above a pattée style cross that has a centrally placed embossed “W” (cypher for King Wilhelm II), below a Kings crown (top arm) and above “1914” (lower arm – institution date August 5th 1914), which is on a black base and surrounded by a silvered ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The full back reverse features a nickel silver soldered on block/barrel hinge, soldered on round plated flatwire catch and coke bottle pin. All components remain in well working condition and are non-magnetic. It features wonderful patina and nice detail. It measures approximately 2 15/16 inches tall by 1 ½ inches wide. A rare sight to see!
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