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Here we have a wonderful example of a screwback, private purchased Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by L/53 - Hymmen & Co. of Lüdenscheid. 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 is maker marked "L/53" (Hymmen & Co., Lüdenscheid) and features a centrally soldered on female screw piece and top spike with a male round screw back piece. The paint is in excellent condition remaining 98%+ intact and the frame features wonderful patina! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. A nice and clearly marked EK1!
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