05-10-2016 09:47 PM
Never seen a vaulted one yet.
I have moved your thread to the Orders and Decorations section as that is where they have been posted up until now.
Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)
I wish these crosses had applied makers marks, as I always find myself doubting their authenticity. Small variations in the font and spacing around the central swastika, as well as should the corners of the swastika touch the outer circle, and if so how many of them, drive me nuts, and I only have two (about to be three) of them! It isn't so much that they are expensive, because they aren't, but who wants a fake.
There are some fakes out there of just about everything and fortunately the MK fakes are quite easy to spot.
Unfortunately I do believe that most awards that have been produced by wartime manufacturers were made post war and possibly still being made and this includes the humble Mothers Cross.
I read an article quite recently about the Souval factory were it was admitted that awards were still being produced up until at least the 1970s so why cease production of a lucrative sideline.
As you mention these Crosses are not that expensive but they are an attractive piece of memorabilia and for my part the amount of work that goes in to them they are well worth the money.
What I am looking for at the moment are any crosses that are so badly damaged and are not worthy to be collected so that I can deconstruct them to see how they were put together.
Thank you for this thread
I agree with you that they are an attractive piece to collect. I was unaware of the continued production of these after the war. Maybe that explains why some of those that look so fantastically well preserved. The gold example I have is not bright and shiny as many I see, and that concerned me as I thought it could be a fake. However, then it would seem that all those looking like they were just made would be the fakes. It was disconcerting, especially since that was the first purchase in my small collection and I really was hoping it to be genuine. Even with a makers mark, as we all know, it is no guarantee of authenticity, but at least it can be compared to known examples that are proven to be genuine.
I look forward to seeing what your research develops. Good post and an excellent collection!
Here's a pic of a badly damaged bronze award. Note it looks like it has different designs of pebbling below the round and again different below the white stripes and blue. I would give you it mate but its got a kinda sentimental effect on me as it and a iron cross were the first medals I ever bought and they were from a vets son. Hope it may help a little.
Best of luck with your research