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#121 PKeating

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:41

Time for an interlude. I can't remember if I actually sent this to Chris and Gordon for their website. Ah yes, I remember going to Spinks as a fourteen year old with a friend and old man Joslin pulling open a drawer of 1914 EK2 tied together like so many cheap trinkets. £1.50 each but he gave us two each for a fiver all-in, one of which was the CD 800 on the right here. Years later, my interest in militaria rekindling on an exercise in Germany, I entered a shop in Paderborn run by an angry-looking man in a loden jacket with a goatee. He looked like an Odessa official. But he became friendly when he realised that I spoke some German and wasn't asking for Nazi stuff, that I was interested in the cross you see on the right, which is in mint condition with a full-length riband and a black-stoved safety pin, as issued. He said he had it from the family and that it must have been sent after the death of the man who got it in 1915. Hearsay, of course, but no reason to doubt it. Years later, as makers became important, I compared them and found they had been been struck on the same dies, the core die having been damaged at some point, as the flaw across 1813 shows. So, looking at all of the wonderful period photographs you have posted, some of the earlier ones probably show CD 800s like the mint one and later examples like the flawed cross.

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#122 demir

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 15:10

Hello Chris,

Lovely pictures. Hard to find.

I wonder, is it within the regulation to wear the medal with the ribbon in the second button hole of the tunic?
I thought that it is only ribbon that you can wear in the second button hole.

What does the regulation says?

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#123 Minen

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:23

Hi,

More photos of EKII on front.

Karl Schäfer (1915, Russia)

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:28

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Gustav Siegmund (at centre) :

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His EKII (R.W.) :

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:35

Gustav Albert Brugger :

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EKII, Dienst Auszeichnung IIIe Klasse, Würtembergisches Silber Verdienst Medaille :

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:37

In Russia :

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:44

Russia :

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:46

Sorry, this one is not an EKII...

Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preussen :

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 14:50

Not an EKII but I like this photo (Major in trenches, Russia) :

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:08

I am guessing this Landsturm guy was just issued this tunic, it looks store fresh.... notice how the EK is on backwards....


It seems that several soldiers prefered the cross on backwards. Me too,is more beautiful with the oak leaves ;)

Why is it that in so many pictures we see the combination of an EK2 with one or more women?
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:D :D :D



I take the opportunity to thank everybody for the beautiful pictures. Iron Cross 1914 is my fauvorite collector's item. Nice post :rolleyes:

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#131 gregM

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 15:57

I read somewhere that many turned their Eks backwards after the king abdicated in
1918 so that the royal initials were not displayed.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 00:19

A rare cabinet portrait of a non-combattant Iron Cross 1870 from my collection.

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#133 Odulf

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 00:24

Variation to a commercial card from the last quarter of the 19th century.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 00:25

And another...

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#135 Chris Boonzaier

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 23:06

Here is a nice one.... even the kaisers EKs are drawn clearer than the rest of the card...

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#136 Chris Boonzaier

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 23:09

Here is a medic wearing the cross in the front line ;-)

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#137 Dave Danner

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 19:29

1870 EK2 in wear:

 

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 15:50

a nice pic of a sailor boy... the SMS Regensburg played a prominant part in the battle of Juttland. This guy was on her from 1914, and the pic just after Jutland.

 

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