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Article about: Excellent EKs you have there Chopperman. Can you tell me more info about this one?

  1. #251

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    Hey greg,

    do you have any idea what the reasoning behind the pillow backed cross is? It seems like it was probably a pain to fabricate, and it doesnt look like a stamping process to me. Any insight why this technique was used?



    Thanks,
    Jess

  2. #252

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    I think that all of the pillowback crosses I have seen can all
    be attributed to one maker. (A. Werner & Sohne--Berlin).

    As far as I know, it was just a matter of style.

    But I do have a theory-------Most early
    Ek1 makers used a solid silver back. Pillowbacks are usually
    not silver or a very thin sheet silver. It could be that the pillow
    back design is a way to strengthen the back so it would not
    bend if the cross were snagged on something.

    Just a guess on my part.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  3. #253

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    I have never actually examined a pillow back in person. Are the "pillows" hollow or are they just additional sheets of silver over the backing?

    thanks,
    jess

  4. #254

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    I know a lot of people like those nice shiney, mint looking
    crosses but I tend to like the ones that show their age and
    have a sence of history about them.

    This one just arrived this morning.

    It's a 1914 Ek1 marked "S-W" for Sy and Wagner.
    It has a cracked core and a very nice blue patina to the frame.

    My pictures don't do this one justice. Maybe it's time to get
    the good camera out and update my collection pictures.
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    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  5. #255

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    Hi Greg, very nice EK1 Plenty of character. I think the best thing about crosses with a bit of service is that the wear & dirt are near impossible to fake. A big bonus in this day & age, Cheers, Richard.

  6. #256

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    I was cleaning out my files and came across an old picture
    that I did on one of those rainy, boreing afternoons.

    The cross is brass framed with an iron core.
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    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  7. #257

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    Hi Greg, nice cross. Whats the back like?, Cheers, Richard.

  8. #258

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    It's pillowback/screwback. made by AWS. unforunately it's not
    makermarked and is missing the large backing plate.

    I think I may have posted this one once before.
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    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  9. #259

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    Hi Greg, yeah I remember it now. Nice cross, cheers, Richard.

  10. #260

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    Chopperman, great picture, great cross, i think id better come back to my senses and return to this thread and the Imperial section, as my latest input to the site ( on 57' awards ) is going down like a lead balloon.....

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