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Here we have a screwback Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse by L/16 (Steinhauer & Lück 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 clearly maker marked: "L/16" and features a centrally soldered on female screw piece, anti-rotation spike and a round male screw back piece. The paint is in wonderful condition remaining 99%+ intact. The frame has a beautiful bright silver wash protected by the lacquer! The cross measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide and tall. A nice maker marked one!
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