Matching, private purchased Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz 2. Klasse 1939 by L/16 (Steinhauer & Luck, Lüdenscheid). The 2nd Class Spange to the Iron Cross 1939 was awarded to individuals who has received the 2nd class Iron Cross in WWI and would have earned the 2nd class Iron Cross in WWII. It is constructed out of a die struck nickel-silver base that has been silver washed. The obverse of the badge depicts a German national eagle, with out-stretched wings clutching a wreathed swastika within its talons and is above a trapezoid shaped pebbled bannered that reads “1939”. The Spange is by Steinhauer & Luck which matches the case. The full back reverse is unmarked and retains three of four soldered on flat wire tombak prongs. The other prong is included and could be repaired. It retains beautiful crisp detail and gorgeous silver patina! It measures approximately 1 1/4 inches wide and tall. This piece comes with 5 1/4 inches of black and white rayon ribbon and its original LDO Case. The two piece case is constructed out of a cardboard base that has folded and glued together edges and has a blue grained simulated leather exterior with a tan brown interior and felt based. The top obverse of the case reads: “LDO”. The bottom is marked, in red: “L/16” (Steinhauer & Luck, Lüdenscheid) within a rectangular border. The case measures approximately 1 5/8 inches wide by 2 3/5 inches long by ½ an inch thick. The very bottom has a small rip but has been held up by the felt underlay. A nice assembly!
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