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What medal is this?

Postby Felix C on 06 Mar 2012 15:07

Purported to have been brought back when stationed in Germany post-ww2.
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby THEDANGLER on 06 Mar 2012 15:42

Good day Felix...

To me you've got an iron cross 1st class with the screw-back fastener.
I believe that these types were a private purchase option for the recipient of the EK1.
Looks legit from the pic.(the rust on the iron core but not on the frame).
Frame should be non magnetic.
A shot or two of the back and any markings would help.
That sums up my limited knowledge of these.
Hope it helps a little.
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby John G. on 06 Mar 2012 15:55

Felix....
You can't really tell anything just from the one blurry picture....except "EK 39 screwback"....no way of guessing if it's real or not....there are plenty of bad 3 pc. magnetic screwbacks....repros were being made & traded/sold immediately postwar!

I'll reserve opinion until we have good look (in focus!) at back.... screw plate....and any markings.
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby William Kramer on 07 Mar 2012 13:09

Hello Felix,

We would need to see a photo of the reverse of the cross, preferably in focus and on a neutral background in order to better help provide you with some information behind it.

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Re: What medal is this?

Postby ChristopherPerrien on 07 Mar 2012 13:57

The wear and the rust all "look" right. But that is neither here nor there. Definitely need clearer views and a back side view.
Indiscriminately, nice word, the spelling is a difficult as the understanding.
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby Felix C on 08 Mar 2012 20:41

Well it sold for $450 to a collector. Must have been genuine.

Thanks. I did not know the EK could be purchased privately.
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby John G. on 08 Mar 2012 21:42

The fact it sold for $450.00 doesn't mean it was real.....
"all" German decorations "in theory" could be privately purchased....the buyer was supposed to be able to verify he was eligible....but many officers bought "wearing versions" or "delux versions"....especially prewar! All screwbacks would be privately purchased (sometimes for special presentation, too!)....but are also heavily copied!
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Re: What medal is this?

Postby Felix C on 09 Mar 2012 17:39

I hear you. Poor use of wording on my part. Buyer knew what was what. My only book on Nazi Regalia is the one published by Ballantine in the 1970s!
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