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

  1. #561

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

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    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  2. #562

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    HI,
    This one is not technically an Iron Cross but is still grouped into the Ek family and is one of
    the most beautiful crosses made and a true statement to the jewellers art of the 1870s.
    My pictures don't begin to do this cross justice.

    The Merit Cross for Women and Young Women (maiden's cross) was designed by
    Queen Augusta to recognize the efforts of those woman who played an important
    part in caring for the sick and wounded of the war of 1870. There we a total
    of 2992 awarded. England's Queen Victoria and Clara Barten of the American
    Red Cross were a couple of the notable awardees.

    The cross is a bit smaller than the normal Ek. It's about 35mm, like a Prinzen cross
    and is inlaid with polished black enamel instead of just painted like a typical Ek.
    (Like I said, my pictures don't really do it justice)

    Hope this helps a bit------
    Greg
    gregM
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  3. #563

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    The A W the stylized initials of Augusta and Wilhelm.

    The other side of the cross shows the symbol for the Red Cross.
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    gregM
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  4. #564

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    Man it's one of the most beautiful awards i have ever seen. And if 2992 pieces were issued it means that is super ultra scarce.
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  5. #565

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    Hello Gentlemen,

    Thought I'd post my latest EKII addition to the collection. I've never owned a MM KO and thought it was time to get one.

    Anton


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  6. #566

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    Good one ! Every Ek collection should have a KO marked cross as they are believed to
    be the awarded crosses.
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

  7. #567

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    Quote by Chopperman View Post
    Good one ! Every Ek collection should have a KO marked cross as they are believed to
    be the awarded crosses.
    Chopper what do you mean the awarded crosses? All the other makers were making private purchase crosses to the recipients?
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  8. #568

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    Not quite.

    With almost four million 2nd class crosses being awarded, it would be impossible for one maker
    to supply them all. It's safe to assume that many makers crosses were awarded pieces however
    I have read that it is thought that all "KO" crosses were awarded.

    So if you want to have a true veteran cross in your collection, a "KO" is the one to get.
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

  9. #569

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    Would that mean that the 'KO' marked crosses for 'Offical' or 'Government' issue
    were made by several/many different companies, or do you suppose that
    crosses were awarded regardless of markings.............?

    This was my understanding too, that the 'KO' type were 'issue' pieces.
    Regards,


    Steve.

  10. #570

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    I don't know. I do know that KO crosses can be found with two or three different core
    types. Does that mean two or three different makers---not really as several different
    makers were known to share core styles. I believe this was done because not every
    company assembling crosses had the capabilities of casting their own iron cores. So companies bought cores from different suppliers.

    Back to the question at hand, (I am just guessing here) I think that all KO marked
    crosses were official award crosses. I also think that as demand for the crosses
    increased, that other crosses both unmarked and possibly other marked
    crosses were given out as "awarded" crosses.

    I have no way to confirm any of this but it seems to make sense.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

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