Named and Combat worn EK I
Hi Guys, here we have a well used named EK I. The hook has an old repair to it. Taken off a German PoW.
Named to "Schnider"
No doubts the experts (not me ) will know the maker?
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02-06-2016 11:47 AM
I find named militaria very interesting. Maybe because it shows me there once was someone owning it writing their name on it. It places a human together with the item.
Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.
"Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"
A nice salty EKI with a "been there" look to it which is great if you know the provenance as you seem to.
I am not the best at ID of these but for me I reckon this is an unmarked cross by Rudolf Waechtler & Lange of Mittweida (L/55 when marked) which exhibits the known recognition features of this type and that the repaired catch is the original flat wire type found on these.
Two questions; is the core magnetic and more importantly Is it yours?
I have a matching ISA (Infantry Assault BAdge) and silver VWA (wound badge) with the soldiers name scratched into the back just like this which I think, probably done in the field to protect ownership, adds a lot to the piece unlike engraving which would almost certainly be done at home and for different reasons. As TrondK says, it adds a personal connection to the man on the ground.
Last edited by Watchdog; 02-06-2016 at 12:48 PM.
I looked again and maybe the catch is a little wide to be the original, not that this detracts very much from the appeal of the cross.
Anyone else have thoughts on the catch?