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Cased Iron Crosses 1st class, EKI (Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse mit Etui) by Klein & Quenzer (65). can be encountered in both marked and unmarked variants A German WW2 EKI bearing the hallmarks of the K&Q example retaining can be distinguished by most enthusiasts.
The Iron Cross 1st class, EKI (Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse mit Etui) by Funcke & Brüninghaus will have the mark (L/56). The magnetic black cores have a painted black finish There is a solid metal hinge and a “C” shaped flat metal catch to go along with a coke bottle shaped pin that functions smoothly. Boxes are stamped in relief on the outside with the LDO code of the manufacturer, Funcke & Brüninghaus (L/56)
The Cased Iron Crosses 1st class, EKI (Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse mit Etui) by Wilhelm Deumer (L/11 maker mark).
These are fine crosses indeed when
found with only modest tarnishing.
On the reverse, the coke bottle pin is standard for this maker, and the clasp is strong and firm, with the Wilhelm Deumer L/11 mark stamped clearly beneath it.
WWII 2nd Class Iron Cross (EK2) by J.E. Hammer & Sohne.Are Stamped “55” on the ring, these second class Iron Crosses have black painted enters and a magnetic core.
, hard to find, and very old award, in exceptional condition for its age. This Franco-Prussian war 1870 / 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class includes its original ribbon and 25 years Jubilee spange. The cross itself has managed to retain all of its black paint…
Second Class, EKII (Eisernes Kreuz). 1939 pattern, by the maker Gustav Brehmer will have the number (13) die struck into it’s suspension ring these are of three piece construction.
The typical front-facing side features an embossed, high relief swastika with the “1939” date below it. The reverse shows the date, “1813”.