I’ve heard the maker could be either; Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid, F. W. Assmann & Sohne of Lüdenscheid or Schauerte & Höhfeld of Lüdenscheid. Not the best conditioned EKI for sure but does this thing have personalit! The Iron Cross is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of a steel sheet metal base that has been black enamel painted, most of the paint is gone. The frame and back plate are constructed out of a nickel silver base that has been silver washed. 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 a centrally placed female screw hole and is unmarked. Checking with a few of the experts in the field they attribute this to L54, (Hymmen & Co, Lüdenscheid). The screw device was lost at some point and the guy replaced the plate with a 2 Mark coin and screw device. This works well.
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