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Old 05-25-2018, 03:35 PM   #1
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Good day folks

Here are 2 crosses, an 800 marked EK1 and Ernst August War Merit Cross 1st Class.

I hope both are original as they came from the estate of an Erich Gehrmann, who served in the First World War in IR 158 as a sergeant and in WW2 as an officer. But one of the IABs is a copy so I'd like to know if these are the real thing. If the 800 is real any ideas of the maker.

I think the EK is OK but have doubts about the EA Cross.

All comments welcome.

Many thanks
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:24 PM   #2
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The 800 marked EK1 is a known original but i dont know about the Ernst August War Merit Cross 1st Class.


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Old 05-25-2018, 10:50 PM   #3
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Agreed the EK1 known original, but maker unknown as yet, I have one in my collection, cant vouch for the other unfortunately



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Old 05-26-2018, 07:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the confirmation on the 800 EK1. Good to know it is OK.

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Old 05-26-2018, 07:54 AM   #5
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The Ernst August Cross appears to have the Meybauer obverse design but the details look soft. It could just be the pics or it could be heavily worn. The reverse set up has been replaced.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:11 AM   #6
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Hello Don

Compared to yours mine looks very different. A concern is what look like casting holes in the area of the EA. Having seen these enlarged photos there seem to be quite a lot of blemishes.

There could be evidence of the original fitting just above the replacement but hard to tell.

Thanks for your help and observations.

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Those pics are much better. This is a cast fake. The remains of the hardware you see on the reverse is from where they removed it from the original badge they used for the mold.
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Thanks Don, Under the better pictures it is clear that this is not a good one.

You help has been much appreciated.

All the best

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Beautiful ek1!!
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #10
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Ek1 looks very nice

Never seen the another one though
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