Here we have a complete 1st Class War Merit Cross without Swords! It is made of a tombak base that has been die struck and silver washed. The obverse depicts a centrally placed wreathed swastika on a pebbled maltese style cross. The reverse shows a full back with a flat wire soldered catch, soldered block hinge and coke bottle shaped L15 marked pin. Nice example by F. Orth. Many people have a hard time with the "L15"s as some of the EK1's are Flochs/Austrian Fakes though the infamous "Austrian Faker" never manufactured any reproduction War Merit Crosses. See page 145 to 154 of D. Maerz and G. Stimsons "The War Merit Cross 1. Class and Higher Grades" for more information. Priced accordingly.
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