An Early Type-A “Micro 800” - Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 by Steinhauer & Lück of Lüdenscheid with a Certificate of Authenticity from D. Maerz. 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 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 surrounded by a silver ribbed/beaded row and flat outlying border. The reverse shows an embossed “1813” (the original 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 it is marked “800” (silver content designation). The black matte paint retains 98%+ coverage. The silver border has beautifully patinaed with time! The cross measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide and tall (without the ring). An “800” marked suspension loop is attached to the integral ring (Öse). Though the loop is the appropriate tri-color (schwarz-weiss-rot) Knights Cross ribbon. The 5 ¾ inch long ribbed ribbon is constructed out of a machine embroidered red, white and black rayon. The ribbon shows soil and wear. Add it to your collection today
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