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Cased EK I: Good buy?

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    Please tell me if this is a good buy, last one I bought was a floch...sigh.
    I'm a little new to the awards scene, not WW2 though. Can any one explain the LDO on the case? I know the cross is brass cored on this item.

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    The links are not leading to pictures of the EK.

    I would suggest posting items for review on the forums first, especially if you are new to collecting the item(s) in question. It will save you a lot of money.

    I can't remember exactly what LDO stands for, but it means that it is a private purchase cross. That is, an LDO cross was not military issue and could be purchased by an EK winner to have as an extra, etc.

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    No pics showing, I did write about the differences between the LDO and PKZ awards very briefly on the Juncker EK2 thread but I'll post it here again.
    Basically the award manufacturers were given a Präsidialkanzlei (PKZ) number, for example Deschler was number 1, Juncker was number 2, right through to A.D. Schwert who was number 142. Some makers were authorized to make EKs, some weren't. In addition, certain manufacturers were granted an LDO license to make awards for private purchase and given an LDO number.
    This had no relation to their PKZ number. These companies were allowed to make awards for private purchase and had to mark them with their 'L' number.
    So, Deumer made EKs marked '3' and also 'L/11'. The awards marked '3' were used as award pieces and issued in the field, at award ceremonies etc. The pieces marked 'L/11' were sold directly from Deumer or from approved outlets for awardees who wished to buy another example of their award. An EK recipient might want to keep his award medal at home, at barracks, send it to his wife or parents etc. He might then also wish to have an example court mounted for use on this best uniform, so he would go the maker or an outlet that sold EKs, provide proof he was entitled to the award and purchase an LDO marked cross.
    LDO numbered awards are significantly rarer than their PKZ marked counterparts due to the quantities of each made (or marked) in relation to one another. LDO awards will often be found in good quality cases made specifically for the piece whereas PKZ examples came in the blue paper envelope.

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