Heres a post WWII Federal Republic of Germany; Official denazified 1957 Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. These were issued to German Veterans who were awarded these during the Third Reich. Production of these awards ceased in 1986. The Knights Cross is a multi-piece, die struck construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of an iron base that has been black enamel painted. The two piece frame is constructed out of an 800 silver base that has been silver washed and polished. A final protectant lacquer coating was applied over the entire award. The obverse features; a patt้e style cross that has a centrally placed three-piece oak leaf cluster 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 that same black base with a raised 1813 to the lower arm and has that same ribbed and flat outlying boarder. To the top arm of the cross is an 800 silver content designation and above that is an integral loop which attaches the oak leaves and ribbon. The oak leaves are constructed out of a die struck plated 800 silver content. The obverse features a three piece pebbled oak leaf cluster above two crossed broad swords. The reverse features a semi-hollow back that is marked 800 and has a round wire. Through the wire is a machine stitched 20 inch long red, white and black silk ribbon. The cross measures approximately 1 7/8 inches wide and tall. A great inexpensive alternative for any collector!
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