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Iron Cross 2nd Class First World War ?

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    I know this is a Iron Cross 2nd Class First World War, but I am nor sure of the letter W, I guess it stands for Wilhelm and the FW for Friedrich Wilhelm

    It has no stamped mark on the solid ring, so I dont know the marker ?

    Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914
    The Iron Cross was reauthorized by Emperor Wilhelm II on 5 August 1914, at the start of the First World War

    Obverse Text: W, stands for Wilhelm and the year 1914

    Reverse Text: FW, stands for Friedrich Wilhelm and the year 1813

    The 1813, 1870, and 1914 Iron Crosses had three grades:
    Iron Cross 2nd Class (German: Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse)
    Iron Cross 1st Class (German: Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse)
    Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Gro▀kreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes, often simply Gro▀kreuz)
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    Quote by johnschou View Post
    I know this is a Iron Cross 2nd Class First World War, but I am nor sure of the letter W, I guess it stands for Wilhelm and the FW for Friedrich Wilhelm
    That is correct. A nice original EK2 with an original ribbon, I've never seen one folded as such, it looks good. Looking at the blackened frames I would guess quite a high silver content. It's a nice piece.

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    Hi Adrian
    Thanks again, yes it could look like a bit of silver at the blackened frames. I know you like WWi and WWII stuff like me, have you seen my thread about the Armband of Danish resistance (posted in this section: The Western Allies), it ia a very nice item
    Regards
    John

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    Did they use more silver in the WWI EK's? I have read that the WWII ones were made from a alloy of copper, zinc and nickel "German silver".

    Thanks

    Burt
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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    You are correct. Most www1 crosses have silver frame.
    gregM
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    Thanks Greg!
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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