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War Merit Cross with Swords in Gold & Box
Old 10-11-2019, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default War Merit Cross with Swords in Gold & Box

Hello,

I've been collecting military stuff for 50 years and now I'm thinking of passing it on to the next generation of collectors. One Item I've had for years is a War Merit Cross with Swords in Gold and it's in the original box with the name Kernach & Osterholt Dresden AI. The only mark on it is a 62 stamped on the locking pin bar but nothing else on the back.

This cross came from the collection of a 101st 502nd PIR paratrooper who's estate I purchased from his son in 1995. This 101st paratrooper was an amazing soldier, he started his career as a volunteer in 1939, was a Sergeant during Operation Torch, after returning to England he joined the 101st and had 4 combat jumps, 3 purple hearts, silver star, 2 bronze stars, was in every major battle the 101st participated in. This paratrooper volunteered for the invasion of Japan, request denied, but was told if he wanted to stay in Bavaria, ok. He left Germany Dec 1946.

This soldier must have brought home 1/2 of Germany, there were silver pieces, lots of guns, some German medals, German paratrooper gravity knives, some beautiful rangefinders, 2 sheets of Hitlers personal and Berlin HQ stationary, a mint 3 piece nazi banner and other misc items.

I have no idea how to post pics but if you send me your text or email I can send pics of this War Merit Cross.

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Old 10-12-2019, 07:08 AM   #2
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First off, welcome.

Second, if you do a search for 'how to post photos', you'll find all the info you need.

Just as a heads up, and no ill will intentioned, without pix you might be meet with skepticism. This sort of description has been used ad nauseam by ripoff artists in the military field. Again - nothing personal, just saying.

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Old 10-12-2019, 01:00 PM   #3
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Here you go, posting photos of the War Merit Cross 1st Class. No doubt that this is an original and excellent condition cross in its original case that has had a rough life after the war.
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Old 10-12-2019, 04:09 PM   #4
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The case is typical K&O. Is that plated or just the tone ?

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Old 10-12-2019, 05:55 PM   #5
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Hi Ian,
Not sure but I've asked for natural sunlight photos of both front and reverse to get a better idea of the color and the needle. To me it looks like a stunning tombak version that has toned over the years but new photos will hopefully reveal all.
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Here are more pictures. I believe it is a nice tombak piece and the silver has toned over the years to a nice golden hue.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:00 AM   #7
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Just wanted to ask others for their opinions, have any of you ever seen a tombak KVK1 achieve this level of golden colored toning before? I haven't seen it in person, but it looks real to me, though I can't recall ever seeing any KVK1 look this gold before.
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