Gentleman, Christmas has come early this year, I must of been one the first on Santa's rounds, and of course I have been a very good boy this year ! ..... Three neck awards have come my way, a St u L PLM, a 57er KvK RK and another 57er "C" frame RK.....I show the first, a post war (WW2) 1950'-60's St u L produced Pour le Merite, I have been after one of these for some time, and the opportunity came on E-Bay U.S.A. I was surprised I was the only bidder and I won at a bargain price, as I believe they can go for $600 plus.....I had done my homework, which with this award is paramount, it has all the St u L design features, the connected "U R", The " l " in " le Me' " not connected to the frame, the correct shade of blue, the flat footless bottoms of the eagle, the distinct pillow effect on the rear enamel, but most importantly the flaw on the bottom 7 o'clock eagles wing that all St u L PLM's must have........It of course measures 53 mm x 53 mm and weighs in at 26 grams....it is complete with an original period ribbon, albeit a small length, it of bronze gilt manufacture (there was a silver 800 version), no box unfortunately.....I shall have to find one ! I show three WW1 veterans PLM's all of which are the St u L made post war pieces.................belonging to Ernst Junger (Storm of Steel fame), Otto Hersing and Walter Caspari.
I have used the sellers images bar the last two,that show a lighter blue, due to flash being used in my dingy study and the fact that they were taken with my crappy camera !
I must thank member "regular122" over on WAF for his very fine article on these PLM's, I recommend everybody who wants one of these to read this thread...I learnt a lot from it...last Image again by "regular122" over on WAF, see here for A Study of the Steinhauer & Luck PlM - Page 3 - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums
Prost ! Steve