Here we have a Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz 2. Klasse 1939 by L/53 - Hymmen & Co. of 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 zinc 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 full back is maker marked, within a rectangular border: “L/53” (Hymmen & Co. of Lüdenscheid). The reverse also retains all four crimped alloy flatwire prongs. The silver wash has been absorbed by the zinc. It measures approximately 1 1/4 inches wide and tall. A fine piece.
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