It's an Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse. It looks good to me, too.
Is there a makers mark stamped into the ring?
I love asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because Iím still looking for ideas.
I like it.
The Cross is a good one. The ribbon looks modern
All the best
Cut a few fibers from ribbon and burn it. If it burns suddenly then is an original ribbon. When it melts and shrinks then is a polyester or other present material. You can use UV. The original ribbon doesn't should shining.
The cross looks good.
Good pointers Bartek on checking Ribbons,
Here are some others Stefan:
When doing a burn test on medal ribbons have a good sniff at the smoke. Genuine ribbon smells like burnt dog hair, reproduction ribbon can smell like plastic.
The UV test is not always a good indicator. If it has been washed in biological soap powder it will indicate like a reproduction
All the best
I am always weary when it comes to noncombatant EK2s, without providence its impossible to tell if it was actually awarded to a noncombatant or, if it just a standard EK2 which someone has added a noncombatant ribbon.
Just my opinion.
This is an EK2 and should be in the Imperial section.
Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....
A nice original Imperial EK II, no one will ever know if the ribbon is original to any medal, let alone this one....some of today's reproduction ribbon is now that good that they pass both the burn test and UV test ! some now say its down to the the weave count (if you think I am going to sit there counting the weave rows, think again !) IMO it will display quite well with this ribbon upon it.
Prost ! Steve.
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