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

  1. #591

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    I am not 100% sure that mark is actually a "D".[/QUOTE]





    I think this could be a 'D', Greg. What else might it be
    - the bottom end of the letter 'B' perhaps..........?
    Regards,


    Steve.

  2. #592

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    And a mm ''G''. I received it yesterday with other 2.
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    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  3. #593

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    EKI mm ''KO'' with broken catch. I got it to place it on a reservist officer's waffenrock i have so i didn't mind about the catch. Price was half also. What i didn't notice or wasn't viewable on the dealer's site is that there is a crack on the core. I believe this was made after someone bended the cross. Or during shipping i don't know.
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    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  4. #594

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    Quote by donkihotis7 View Post
    I believe this was made after someone bended the cross. Or during shipping i don't know.
    The KO does not look like it's been bent but the picture might not show it.
    Cracked cores are not unheard of. Many early crosses with cast cores have cracks.
    It's nothing I would worry about.

    I can't make out your makers mark, It might remain an unknown.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  5. #595

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    Quote by Chopperman View Post

    I can't make out your makers mark, It might remain an unknown.
    Are you referring to the ''D'' one Greg?
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  6. #596

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    Here are 3 ''KO''s hanging around
    I thought that KO crosses were having the same core but apparently this is false. Compare the 3 EKs and note the differences. Especially the one on the right. It's the worst of my collection. Note it's ''W'', it's flat in contrast with the rest ''W's i have seen which are bulged.
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    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  7. #597

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    The 2nd set (obverse/reverse) is the KO on the left with the bulged W.
    The 3rd set is the KO on the right with the flat engraved W.
    P.S. If anything looks suspicious let me know, guys.
    thanks
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  8. #598

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    Quote by donkihotis7 View Post
    Are you referring to the ''D'' one Greg?
    Yes.

    KO did use 3 different cores. Several makers used more than one style core.
    Plus several makersused the same cores.

    A lot of the companies making iron Crosses did not have the ability to cast or stamp
    the cores themselves. They out sourced the cores directly from the foundries or
    from other Ek manufactures.

    This is really evident in the early 1870 crosses. ALL of the early awarded 1870
    cross cores were cast at the "Royal Prussian iron foundry" in Berlin until it was
    closed on march 31, 1874. That is why trying to identify a maker for 1870 Eks
    is so difficult. Wagner and Godet used the very same cores and their frames
    are almost identical. The same holds true for many 1914 crosses. By ww1
    there were more companies able to make the cores but with with the need for
    nearly 5 million crosses a lot of small manufactures found it easier to just stamp
    out frames and purchase cores.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

  9. #599

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    Thanks man, good to know these info. I had in mind that KO used the same core for all their crosses. My bad.
    So all 3 are good originals?
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

  10. #600

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    Yes they are
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

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

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