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That's nice, I find a bashed named cross far more desirable than one that looks like it was afraid to go out on a wet day.

Paul, I have two named crosses, they aren't overly difficult to find and I'd guess at fewer than 5% are named but those engraved back in the day are probably harder to find.

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I do love engraved crosses. I have owned a handful over the years, most of which I think I've posted here.

My personal favourite I own, has the inscription (in German of course) reading;

"Conceal the longing in your heart with the cross on your breast. Thea."

Lovely crosses there gents.

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Nice looking cross Chris.

I prefer my crosses to have that "been there-done that" look about them.

I still do not have an engraved cross of my own. I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short.

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Nice looking cross Chris.

I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short.

The last one I had I stupidly sold years ago...... since then I was also a day late and a penny short....

This was an Ebay Buy it now from a non militaria guy..... sorry to say I missed his other item... a cased EK1 for EUR90 !! But this one fit the pocket quite well....

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Thanks Brian. True, I haven't seen very many genuine engraved ww2 crosses. Seems to have been more of a norm in ww1. Perhaps the availability and practice of purchasing a nice silver vaulted piece from a jeweller led to more engraving being done as it may have been something offered.

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I think the nostelgia factor has a lot to do with it....

If you look at the Photos, Postcards and Feldpost.... maybe up to the very end there seems to still be a romantic view of the war.... then all the way into the 1930s, a nostelgic view....

I am sure jewellers in the 1920s and 30s were also engraving crosses that friends and family were handing out.... for a guy in uniform, an EK1 was like a Tiara or Necklace for a woman in an evening gown... Who would not have appretiated a nice domed, engraved cross from an od Comrade on his 35th Birthday....

WW2 came to an end... and noone was engraving crosses after 1945....

Also... Silver is a nice engraved gift.... a valuable gift.... WW" crosses were cheaper and utilitarian....

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