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

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    Gents...currently on E-Bay, a first edition of Stephen Previtera's ''Iron Time'' Iron Cross reference book......even the second/extended edition is now out of print, this is one of THE books to have if you take this hobby seriously. Here is the link...The Ultimate Iron Cross Reference Book-THE IRON TIME on eBay (end time 26-Jul-10 20:09:50 BST)
    "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."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

  2. #392

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    As Steve said, This is a great book for the Iron Cross collector.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  3. #393

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    Although out of print the 2nd Ed is still available from some sellers on the net. Here's one THE IRON TIME: A HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS (EXPANDED EDITION) --- Helion & Company Limited

    Cheers,

    Richard.

  4. #394
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    I inherited my collection of WW2 memorabilia about 5 years ago (some items earlier) from my grandfather. Each piece was directly brought back to the U.S. by my grandfather, at the end of the war.

    This is the Iron Cross (I believe it is 1st class) from 1914. I couldn't quite identify which cross I have, due to the great variations of ways they were awarded, worn, modified, etc. (according to my research). The letters "KMST." are on the back, to the left of the clasp, and the letters "DRGM" are to the right. The clasp-bar has the number "800" in the center.

    I'll try to take some more close-up pictures and post them tomorrow. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Gaines
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  5. #395

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    Hi Gaines,
    That is a nice original cross. And one that is one of the harder to find makers.

    It is indeed a 1st class cross. The KMST marking is the makers
    mark. It is believed that KMST stands for "Kreigsministerium
    Standesamt"---I'll let one of our German speaking friends
    translate that. I believe the DRGM is basiclly short for what
    would be in English "Patent applied for" There again I will defer
    to our German speaking members. The 800 on the pin is the
    silver content used in the frame.

    This is a good looking, desireable cross and having it brought back
    by your grandfather, I'm sure makes it more special to you. I would
    be interested in seeing what else your grandfather brought home.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  6. #396
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    Greg, thanks for the info. As for the other items that my grandfather brought back, just check the other threads I've started.

    Thanks again,
    Gaines

  7. #397

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    Gents... ive merged the above thread by VGJ5 into this thread, as I feel it will be seen more, and more importantly contribute a fine looking 'KMST' marked cross, which I believe has not been seen on this thread before.......VGJ5, hope thats O.K. with you, great looking EK I !
    "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."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

  8. #398

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    I've probably posted this one before but as long as we are
    looking at KMST marked crosses, I thought Gaines and some others might like this one----

    Typical KMST front. Wide nicely vaulted, quality silver frame (also seen on Gaines' cross )
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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. #399

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    However the rear mounting system is a bit different.


    Refered to as the slide hook attachment, or the "zipper back"
    cross.
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    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

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    Oradour, thanks for moving the post over here. Greg, that's a nice cross!

    Here are some more pictures of mine (after today's clean-up).

    Gaines
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