jock auld, nice set of Imperial medals, the first EK I looks to be unmarked, the second is a superb convexed cross sporting the mm of 'Paul Maybauer' of Berlin. Your court mounted pair, the EK II has a lovely patina to it (never clean)is it mm on the ribbon ring ?....the other medal is the Bavarian 'King Ludwig Cross 1916' ...it is wrongly mounted on that medal bar the ribbon is for the 'Braunschweig (Brunswick) War Merits Cross 2nd class.
Thanks for the info, have you a pic of what should be on the bar perhaps?
jock auld, here we go, Brunswick War Merits Cross 2nd class, shown with 'Front line service' clasp....the ribbon for the Ludwig cross is also shown.
Hey, guys. Looking to bid on this imperial EK1. Is it a good one?
... also looking at this ek2! It's in beautiful condition, I've rarely, if ever, seen a WWI EK2 this mint, so of course I have my reservations. The seller says he guarantees it's authentic, though that is easy to just say... I think "W" looks very suspect... and the reverse looks a little... crowded? What do you guys all think? (Seller says the maker mark is "A"; Assmann, Lüdenscheid). Thanks!!
Hi locloc08, the EK1 looks ok to me. It looks like a late war example with a silver plated frame & back made by MEH. The core of my EK2 by them looks the same to me (see below), Cheers, Richard.
Walkwolf, what I know about this award.....King Ludwig Cross, a decoration for merit on the home front, founded on 7th of January 1916, and awarded to be ' a commerative sign and recognition of thanks for those persons who during the war have performed with particular merit for the Army or for the general welfare of the homeland through official and voluntary activities '. The cross was originally cast in the Royal Bavarian mint in Munich, and was originally of blackened Iron. As the war progressed and shortages began to bite, Zinc was substituted, also examples were made of darkened/blackened Bronze. It is quite possible that yours has either been polished or lost its dark/black finish. The cross was awarded between 1916 to 1918, the Royal Kingdom of Bavaria was dissolved in 1919, along with all awards and decorations belonging to that former Kingdom.
Hope that helps.