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Old 08-27-2017, 05:24 PM   #1
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I've owned this for close to 10 years. I bought it from a well respected collector whom I trust. I know it is a post war version ca. 1920s based on the accompanying letter from S.G. “Yash” Yasinitsky. It's unmarked but based on the details and design elements is believed to be made by Wagner. The cravat is a contemporary or WW2 replacement I believe but came with the badge.

I believe it was discussed long ago here but can't seem to find the thread. Im soliciting your thoughts and discussion to solidify background. Id like to find it a new home but also want to vet it out so it's all above board and you guys have vastly more knowledge than me. Many thanks
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:26 PM   #2
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Since no one else will chime in compare yours to this one from the 20-40s.
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Hello Anthony,
Very nice example you and Don have shown. I'm not an expert by all means although I think Mr. Yasinitsky's letter pretty well covers it. In his book "The Prussian Orden Pour le Me'rite", David Edkins speaks briefly regarding smaller crosses featuring "diagional cross hatched lines instead of the customary scale-like overlapping feather design" sometimes marked.
Here is another example of an earlier very well worn example believed to been manufactured by Wagner, distributer by J.H. Werner. Hope this helps.
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Gentlemen,
Thank you for your time and kind replies. The pictures are very helpful in comparing and your assessments as well. I appreciate you verifying the information. I'd consider myself a student but by no means an expert. I'm glad to be able to be as accurate as possible with this as I never want to be disingenuous or inaccurate when dealing with anyone in our hobby.

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