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Ok, so these are the pieces that get me excited! Rally a great feel to them. This is an EKII that was "upgraded to an EKI. Apparently this was done in the field as factory EKI's were in short supply, (See Previtera's excellent reference, The Iron Time. Really neat to see. To do this the suspension ring and loop were removed and a nut of some sort was soldered to the back of the cross and a plat fashioned to ensure a secure hold in wear. In this case they used a tunic button and some field grey uniform wool. The cross itself is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of an iron metal base that has been bone black enamel painted. The two piece frame is constructed out of a nickel silver base that has been silver washed and polished. 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 reverse features that same black base with a raised “1813” to the lower arm and has that same ribbed/beaded row and flat outlying border. This is a great cross found in few collections.
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