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an interesting feature about the vault: while it is perfectly uniform and deep, there is a circular 'dimple' in the center of the arms on the reverse.

Edited by Eric Stahlhut

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the 'dimple' is very similar to the one on this (uncleaned) heavily vaulted example that also has hinge and catch plates.

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Eric, do you know who made these? I have one very similar to the one with the narrow pin. Could I get a weight and size, so I can compare them?

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Hi Eric

I really like the detail on these crowns and the mounting system for the pin and hinge, it's like a reinforced version. Any idea about the hole that's in the frame?

I think this is an unknown mark.

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Hi Eric

I really like the detail on these crowns and the mounting system for the pin and hinge, it's like a reinforced version. Any idea about the hole that's in the frame?

I think this is an unknown mark.

Chris, I"ve got an 1870 medal bar, & the EK is stablized by some thread that's passed through two small holes that were drilled through the frame. I'm thinking that the hole on this EK1 was probably for the same reason.

Edited by Nick Link

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I've seen this crown on another maker, just can't remember right now which one, maybe F.R. Sedlatzek?

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This is what I refer to as the generic "slant W" core (look at the top middle stroke of the W) and was used by MANY manufacturers. The core detail on this type is excellent. Identifying a manufacturer from an unmarked example can sometimes be guessed by the hardware, but in this case nothing comes to mind. I don't recall seeing the "dimple" feature before, so another variant to keep an eye out for!

Regards

Mike

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This dimple reminds me of a mark from a press cylinder, possibly these particular crosses were vaulted in this manner. It would be quite simple to vault a cross with a small hydraulic press.

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