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  1. Here you go Leon. A quick check though various online auction houses produced the variants below ranging from £23-130. All have variant backs but if you look at sword shapes and badge detail you will see that they are more similar to the Hartung badge but all have the same die characteristics. If you have read the study work that I produced on the relics site you will understand that I believe every enamelled cross is an out and out forgery. Doug
  2. That is an interesting post Leon. I know of Lother Hartung and have a couple of his small catalogues from the early 90s. It was more than likely his belief that the cross he pictured in his catalogue was a period item, but in my research and in my opinion it is a cross than has been made post '45 and is a reproduction of the original cross. If it is your belief that the enamelled version of the cross is an original please let me know what avenue of research you went down to come to that conclusion as I am more than happy to revise my views All the best Doug
  3. For me Leon this is just another post war fantasy variant. Look at the sunken black enamel in the swastika. A sure indication in my opinion that the item was made in Eastern Europe not too long ago. All the best Doug
  4. Thanks Robin, I have popped the pictures on to relics as an update so information is all in one place I like that fantasy piece. It is just like a natural progression! All the best Doug
  5. They are good pictures Robin, I quite like the '57 pattern and that is a first for me. Do you mind if I rip the picture and add it to the post over on Relics for information? My particular cross came from an Eastern Volunteers Vet family along with his Ostvolk orders. It was a nice bundle of stuff so I have no concerns over the provenance. I will have a look at my old Taffrail Dorling book as I am fairly certain that it was mentioned in it All the best Doug Hi Robin, I note that Chris Ailsby blogged about the Don Cross some time after I posted my missive on line. http://ailsby-collection.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-min=2015-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2016-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=4 All the best Doug
  6. Hello Robin, I just came across your post about the Don Cossack Cross. I did some research back in 2015. Here are my results: http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/orders-decorations-third-reich/kreuz-des-5-don-kossaken-reiter-regiments-563855/ I know there may be some errors in my writing but I am by no means a professional. All the best Doug