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Here we have a wonderful example of a screwback, private purchased Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by L/53 - Hymmen & Co. of Lüdenscheid. The 1st Class Iron Cross was awarded to those who had received the 2nd class iron cross and preformed 3-5 acts of bravery in the face of the enemy, or actions that were clearly above and beyond the call of duty. It is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of a iron metal base that has been black enamel painted. The frame and back plate are constructed out of a nickel-silver base that has been silver washed. A final protectant lacquer was applied over the entire award. The obverse features; a pattée style cross that has a centrally placed embossed mobile swastika and "1939" to the lower arm, which is all on a black base and surrounded by a silvered ribbed/beaded row and a flat outlying border. The full back reverse is maker marked "L/53" (Hymmen & Co., Lüdenscheid) and features a centrally soldered on female screw piece and top spike with a male round screw back piece. The paint is in excellent condition remaining 98%+ intact and the frame features wonderful patina! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. A nice and clearly marked EK1!
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