NOTE: Walter & Hentein of Gablonz a.d.N. is not listed as an official maker of EK1’s so some consider them to be post-war and some consider them to be completely original. The case is original.
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 an 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 features a centrally soldered on female screw piece, bottom gas vent hole and anti-rotation spike and a round male screw back piece. The crazed paint is in good condition remaining 98%+ intact and the frame has a beautiful silver patina and lacquer! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. The cross comes housed in screwback LDO marked case. The case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leather. To the front is a magnetic, round spring loaded, steel closure button. To the back is a magnetic, staggered, internal bar hinge. The interior top lid is lined in white paper and is marked, in black “LDO” within an oval and rectangle border. The bottom interior of the case is constructed out of a cardboard base that is covered in a pearl white fibrous felt material that outlines the screw plate and bottom anti-rotation spike. The cross has a nice fit. The one corner has a hit to it. The case measures approximately 2 5/8 inches tall and deep and ¾ of an inch thick. Please don’t ask me to separate the two. A great price!
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