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A Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 by Klein & Quenzer A.G. of Idar-Oberstein. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 was the highest award made by Nazi Germany to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or outstanding military leadership during World War II. The award is constructed a die struck three-piece construction that has been soldered together. The single piece core is constructed out of an iron metal base that has been black bone painted. The two piece frame is constructed out of an “800” silver content that has been frosted and polished. A final protectant lacquer was applied over the entire award. The obverse features a large pattée style cross that has a centrally placed embossed mobile swastika and an embossed “1939” (Hitler's re-institution date) date to the lower arm, which is all on a black base and is surrounded by a silver ribbed/beaded row and flat outlying border. The reverse shows an embossed “1813” (the original Iron Cross institution date) date to the lower arm, which is on a black base and surrounded by that same silver ribbed/beaded row and flat outlying border. To the reverse-top of border is marked “800” (silver content designation). The black matte paint retains approximately 70%+ coverage. The silver border has beautifully patinaed with time! The cross measures approximately 1 7/8 inches wide and tall (without the ring). The suspension loop is attached to the integral ring (Öse). It is silver content marked “800” as well. Though the loop is a commonly encountered Knights Cross confectioned fitted ribbon. The center tri-color (schwarz-weiss-rot) rayon portion of the ribbon measures 5 inches long and shows age toning. The two stitched on exterior feldgrau cotton twill weave portions each measure approximately 6 7/8 inches long and end at a stitched on steel round wire catch/hook assembly. A nicely aged, highly desired award, which is the panicle for collectors!
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