Late 57er EK's.................
Gents, I show some late St u L made EK's.....Late meaning after 1968 upto the present day, as St u L are still producing both classes of the EK.
First up:- my early 1970's St u L EK I ....despite open hinge/small "c" catch it is three piece (nicely put together), has a magnetic core, which is painted prior to assembly....... and has the marker "o" on top frame for use as a second class ! (it tells the assembler where to attach the jump ring !) this feature in the die can be seen in most late crosses up to date, but it seems the bead blasted finish can either fully or partially obscure this feature.
Some time in the early to mid 1970's the core became non ferrous.....later in the early 1980's to match their current RK manufacturing procedure, the EK range gained a sand blasted appearance, the core was now for some reason painted after assembly, and can be found in various paint jobs from good to, well er...sloppy ! I tend to think like assembly these later crosses finishes were down to when and by whom they were finished off by....quality control at this stage at St u L seems to be slipping or non existent !
The next two EK's shown are probably very late made within the last ten years....... the EK II with no visible marks and comes with a hinged pin assembly on the ribbon, emulating current German (BW and official) medals.
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
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04-14-2015 07:36 PM