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Is there a list of EK1 attachment systems?


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Just like there is a list of MM for EKs, is there a list, or thread of all of the different EK1 attachment systems?

Everything from;

hinged straight pin to simple hook

screw back -1 piece

screw back -2 piece

screw back -clam shell

hinged Godet pin and hook w/ two open pins on the cross arms

hinged straight pin to hook with hinged closure clasp on hook

etc. etc. etc.

Did anyone ever assemble a list of the different variants? with photos?

Thank you in advance.

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a few years ago, one of our fellow members contacted me about one of his projects, and asked me to participate. he published 2 volumes dealing exclusively with the subject of the 1914 ek1.

a total of approximately 1150 pages of pictures, descriptions, and info on the myriad of makers. however, the text is in russian.

an excellent compilation!

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1150 pages!!


i'm going to have to learn russian, or get it translated.

just on '14 EK 1's :blush: ...


Uhmmmmm....yeah, Joe adequately sums up my thoughts as well. I did not realize that compilation study on the matter was that big. Thank you Eric for the illumination.

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claudius, which attachment system were you thinking of?

Hard to described. Easy to see. It's a premium device that is found on the nicer badges. On a standard hinged pin and hook clasp arrangement, the hook as an extra "device" that prevents the pin from backing out of the hook by accident. It is attached near the base of the hook by a hinge so the wearer can fold it down to keep the pin in place, and then fold it back up to unhook the pin.

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do a search for K.M.S.T. ek1's.... i have posted several examples, and i know that other members have also posted a fair amount of this type.

this type of attachment system is also found on wound badges, but they are considered extremely rare!

Found it!

Thank you Eric.


My question: WHEN was this type of clasp system used. DURING wwi, or was it AFTER wwi (1919-1934+)?

Basically, is KMST's design a wartime piece or post war?

Thank you.

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Basically, is KMST's design a wartime piece or post war?

A good question you raise and I'm not sure anyone has yet found a definite answer. In my humble opinion, most of them are war time. The "K." in "K.M.ST." stands for royal, so that might indeed be a hint.

They're private purchase luxury crosses anyway.

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