07-24-2014 03:54 PM
O.K., the makers mark '20' on your cross is wrong. It does not match the accepted stamp that's on the inside of the pin. There is proof that Zimmermann used several different sets of stamps, but every set had the distinction of utilising the same number '2' stamp that has a small ball at the top end and was curved outwards and downwards at the bottom where it joins the base line of the numeral, the one above has neither of these traits, therefore it's bogus.
The catch on the reverse is directly soldered onto the backplate, rather than to a small oval plate. That implies it's a Zimmermann "Heavy" cross, but the fact that the catch is made from flatwire tombak rather than the original half roundwire that all originals had, both "Heavy" and "Light" weight, also is a bad sign. As it's pertaining to be a "heavy" cross marked '20', it should weigh 66.5g. If it were a L/52 marked one it would weigh 67.2g, and were it a "light" it would be 44.5g, all +/- 1 or 2g at most.
Below is a few pic's of my Klein (134) DKiG from the obverse side. Although a different maker, the parts used for the obverse side are all identical to the Zimmermann "Heavy/Light" crosses, so yours must match this exactly to be an original. I have highlighted the "11 o'clock flaw" that MUST be present for the cross to be genuine.
Btw, it's a little known fact that ALL Zimmermann DKiS crosses were presented in a DKiG case, having a gold cheatline around the lid rather than the silver type encountered from all other makers of the type. I had cause to return a cased Zimmermann DKiS to the dealer I bought it off 4 years ago because the case was with a silver cheatline when it arrived, and that's wrong, especially when you've paid nearly 1000 bucks more for the privilege....
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That's a beautiful cross Ned, also thanks for the "low down" on these, I have never owned one but maybe one day! I hope you get your money back SK. Leon.
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