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Imperial Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse for review

Article about: hey everybody, New to the forum and to collecting. I recently purchased a Imperial Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse and would appreciate any thoughts as to it's authenticity. It is magnetic, seems t

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    hey everybody,

    New to the forum and to collecting. I recently purchased a Imperial Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse and would appreciate any thoughts as to it's authenticity. It is magnetic, seems to be of a three piece construction, and the ribbon does not seem to glow under blacklight. The maker's mark is KO. Any opinions as to if it is genuine or not would be greatly appreciated. thanks!!
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    Everyone should have a KO cross in their collection. KO marked crosses
    are the most common of the maker marks.

    Yours looks to be a good example however it's kind of hard to
    tell from the really small pictures. But I do not see any red flags.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Quote by Chopperman View Post
    Everyone should have a KO cross in their collection. KO marked crosses
    are the most common of the maker marks.

    Yours looks to be a good example however it's kind of hard to
    tell from the really small pictures. But I do not see any red flags.
    I agree with all that Greg has posted.
    Ralph.
    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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    looks ok.

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    thanks everyone for your replies. here are some larger pics
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    Still looks good
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    I agree. Nice cross for the start. KO (Klein, Oberstein) used about 7 types of cores, some of them unique (used only by KO), and few of them generic (used also by other makers). This is one of those unique cores.
    Congrats and good luck collecting.

    Miro

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    Nice looking cross, congratulations!

    Best Regards,

    Alan

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    Thanks everyone. Miro, u said mine had a unique core. I would love to learn more about this. What characterics makes it unique?

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    Just the fact that this core type (style of crown, numerals and letters) was used exclusively by KO, makes it unique. So if you see this type of core, you can be sure it is KO even without checking the frame, or maker´s mark. Many ww1 core types are generic, which means they are shared by more than one makers. Only a few makers used unique core - AWS, Hansen/Koch&Bergfeld, MFH, or C. F. Zimmermann. But all of the big players like Godet, Wagner, Friedländer or Klein had to rely on generic cores, produced in big amounts.

    Klein (KO) belonged between those biggest makers. With more than 1.000.000 crosses produced, they just need to be supplied with more than one core type. Some of them are unique, as yours, produced probably by Klein himself, others are generic, which means they were probably bought from other makers to keep up the production with raising demand.

    Miro

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