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IMPERIAL EK1 - (Would love to hear your opinions)

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    Hi Guys,
    I have started a thread on the Third Reich forum in relation to iron crosses and mentioned that after having begun to research this particular award, I was having doubts about my Imperial EK1. I would be grateful if any of you guys could give me your views on this. I dont Know about the case, The Cross itself is stamped 900 on the pin. When I bought it (about 7 years ago) the owner explained that the catch had been replaced.

    This cross had a lovely patina when I got it and it pains me to say that I cleaned it (and cleaned it, and cleaned it) to the extent that if it is original, I have no doubt devalued it. (Important lesson learnt)

    Please have a wee look and let me know what you think.

    Thanks

    Andy
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    Looks like a nice cross - a bit over-cleaned.......
    It looks like what would be called a 'field' or home repair. A jeweller
    would not normally leave a blob like that.

    Others will have more to say about it, but I think the case is from
    WWII - with white interior. IMO WWI cases should have
    blue or purple velvet inside.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Blondi, nice EK I, it is quite common place for catches/pins to be replaced/repaired, I wouldnt worry about that, the box is probably as Walkwolf says TR period, however close-up photographs of the box its hinge, button and covering would be beneficial.....as for cleaning, IMO it is purely preference, and I personally feel that it has not devalued the cross....many will disagree, but remember, the original recipient would never have had "Dirty medals", I treat every cross I obtain on its merits, filthy it gets a sympathetic clean, I have clean and aged patina crosses in my collection, no problem for me, if its a problem to anyone else, thats thier perogative. Your cross would look nice on my Husaren Attila !
    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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    Agree with everything 'the other Steve' (Oradour) said.
    I too have cleaned and uncleaned examples !


    It is still a nice cross, Andy ............. !
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Looks to be a ww2 era cross, possibly made by Deumer. If so--it's possible that
    the case actually did come with the cross.
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Chaps that is brilliant!!!!! Thanks very much for all of your help.

    Andy

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    Quote by Chopperman View Post
    Looks to be a ww2 era cross, possibly made by Deumer. If so--it's possible that
    the case actually did come with the cross.
    That would make perfect sense............!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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