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A Godet '14 Ek1 with 'a little extra'


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hi, here's something that i haven't looked at for many years; i may not have even posted it on this forum.

if you were to see this at a show or displayed in a store it would be very easy to overlook the most important features of this particular cross:

it's in one of those cloth tape, buttonless styles of case

 

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you know, the type with the blue velvet raised dais--

 

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take it out, inspect the godet style core, looks like a nicely worn example

 

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flip it over, and yup! godet

 

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but then as you are fiddling with it, you notice that in the shifting light there seems to be something else other than the G on the pin, so you look at it real close at just the right angle

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then you look at the back of the pin to look for a control stamp or something up near the hinge, but you notice some faint scratches and you have to REALLY get the angle just right

 

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 to me it reads  "f. richter,  .1.???"

 

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1 hour ago, Utgardloki said:

It could be "F. Richter, 1. Klasse", but that's pure speculation 

it could  be, but in my experience these hand-etched markings done by the owner with whatever sharp object is handy usually denote the unit or the date that the cross was earned. i probably missed the rest

i'll mess with it some more in hopes of finding and capturing an image of the minute chicken scratches when i get a chance. i have to find a loupe first, as my eyes no longer work so well on macro mode, lol

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struggling to get a clear image, i am reluctant to clean the pin, but ultimately that might be my only option--

there is a full word in there, to me it looks like " f. richter, 1. F(or R)????e?."

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Really nice cross from Godet. I've never seen any Iron Cross stamped with the crown and moon stamp.  I though that was something that jeweler's had stopped using during the First World War with so many crosses being produced and awarded.

 

chuck 

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2 hours ago, chuck said:

Really nice cross from Godet. I've never seen any Iron Cross stamped with the crown and moon stamp.  I though that was something that jeweler's had stopped using during the First World War with so many crosses being produced and awarded.

 

chuck 

thanks, chuck

 here's a link to some more crown and moon marked crosses. this time the hallmarks are incused

 i  have not yet identified the maker

 

 

 

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