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My Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse's arrived

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    Default My Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse's arrived

    Hi all,

    Thanks to the advice of you talent folk and as much research as I could do on my own, my 4 EKII's arrived today. Very excited.

    I want to give one away to a friend who is also getting into collecting German militaria, so now I have to make a decision as to which one. Tough choice... any opinions on which are the best to keep?


    Cross 1

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    Cross 2
    This one sadly came with a brand new ribbon, but I can deal with that.

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    Cross 3

    This one is pretty shiny around the edges, having been cleaned, that's a shame. It also came with a button on a piece of ribbon. I looked up the button, and looks like a regular soldiers glass button, any reason it would be pinned to a folded ribbon piece?

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    Cross 4
    This one had the oldest looking ribbon, but like 3, it's been polished around the edges.

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    Cheers all!
    Last edited by rbminis; 12-05-2014 at 07:14 PM. Reason: Edited title to use correct German terminology.

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    I'd give him whichever one he likes best. They are
    all very nice EK's.

    The piece with the button is a lapel ribbon
    - it's the reverse side you are showing
    in the pics.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Aaah that makes sense! Thanks Steve.

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    Very nice original crosses!

    You may have a couple of S&Ls , a Deumer and a K&Q there

    Nick Hessens will confirm when he sees your thread

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    All are good. None of them seem cleaned to me, just lovely factory frosting?

    Cross 1: '7' - Paul Meybauer
    Cross 2: '27' - Anton Schenkl
    Cross 3: Standard St&L IMO
    Cross 4: '106' - Brüder Schneider

    When it comes to rarity cross 4 is the one you may want to keep. No. 3 is the only unmarked cross I can see, so that would be my choice to give away.

    Regards

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    Very nice crosses.

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    Nice crosses indeed

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    Thanks for the info all

    @Nick, yes, that's the only one where it looks like the ring is a replacement, as it has a much darker sheen compared to the others, and no makers mark. Because it comes with the lapel ribbon too, it'll make a nice present I think.

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    They are all very nice crosses!
    Congrats!
    Ralph.
    Next time, please post them each in a separate thread, it makes it less confusing and also easier to do a search for. Also, please have a read and use the pinned threads at the top of this section.
    Uploading photos and posting multiple items.
    The Use of German Terminology.
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    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    IMO
    the first:Paul Meybauer with 2.type core
    second:Anton Schenkl
    third : S&L 2 or 3 frame
    fourth - Brüder Schneider
    Kind Regards
    Sanya

    I'm looking for EK II 1939: B.H.Mayer: A and B core,mm L/18 and schinkel type ,[123],,EK1 Round-3 with Deschler frame and Friedrich Sedlatzek pin and SB variant

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