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    List of KVK 1 makers

    Here is a list of War Merit Cross First Class (KVK 1) makers. I have based this list on crosses that I have in my collection, on crosses that I know other collectors have in their collections, and on photographic or other evidence that crosses were made by a particular maker. This list should serve as a reference point for those collectors who want to know which awards manufacturers made the KVK 1 during the Second World War. It is also intended to be a growing list, to be added to by any WAF participant who knows of any other examples not listed here. (The only requirement needed to add a cross by a particular maker to this list is that the person claiming the cross must present some kind of evidence -- such as a photograph of the cross or scan of a KVK in a contemporary awards manufacturer's sales catalog -- to substantiate a claim of a certain maker. Simply saying, "I once had one maker marked "XX" for Whatever company" will not be enough.)

    So here you have it. I hope that this list will be an aid to collectors, and I look forward to discovering new makers!

    (All crosses are pinback versions unless otherwise indicated.)

    Without Swords --

    Deschler, marked "1" (Tombak)
    Deumer, marked "3" or "L/11" (Tombak or zinc)
    Steinhauer & Lück, marked "4" (Tombak)
    Orth, marked "15" (Tombak)
    Otto Schickle, marked "L/15", Tombak
    Hermann Wernstein, marked "L/17", (zinc)
    Foerster & Barth, marked "L/21" (Tombak or zinc)
    Gschiermeister, marked "50" (Tombak)
    C. F.Zimmermann, marked "L/52" and "900" (silver)

    With Swords --

    Deschler, marked "1" and "L/10" (Tombak)
    Juncker, marked "2" amd "L/12" (Tombak)
    Deumer, marked "3" and "L/11" (many varieties, Tombak or zinc. Screwback versions exist.)
    Steinhauer & Lück, marked "4", "L/16", and "4" + "L/16" (Tombak or zinc)
    Meybauer, marked "L/13" (Tombak or zinc. Screwback versions exist.)
    Orth, marked "15" (Tombak)
    Otto Schickle, unmarked and marked "L/15"(Tombak)
    Hermann Wernstein, marked "L/17"
    B. H. Mayer, marked "L/18" (Tombak or zinc)
    Foerster & Barth, marked "L/21" (Tombak or zinc)
    Bauer, marked "43" (Tombak)
    Kerbach & Österhelt, marked "62" (Tombak or zinc)
    C. F. Zimmermann, marked "L/52" and "L/52" + "900" (silver)(Screwback versions exist.)
    Hymmen & Co., marked "L/53" (zinc)
    Funcke & Brüninghaus, marked "L/56" (Tombak)
    Beorger, marked "L/57" (zinc)
    Klein & Quenzer, marked "65" (Tombak or zinc)
    Rudolf Souval, marked "L58" (Tombak or zinc. Screwback versions exist.)
    Poellath, marked "84" (Tombak)
    Wächtler & Lang, marked "100" and "L/55"
    Carl Wild, marked "107"
    Petz & Lorenz, unmarked (but I have seen one marked "L/18") (Tombak?)

    The following makers are listed in Gordon Williamson and Josef Charita's book The War Merit Cross. I have not been able to verify these names as makers based on my own observation of maker marked pieces:

    Ferdinand Hoffstätter, marked "8"
    Jakob Bengel, marked "44"
    Gottlieb & Wagner, marked "52"
    Glaser & Sohn, marked "53"
    Gebrüder Godet, marked "L/50"
    Schauerte & Höhfeld, marked "L/54"
    George

    #2
    L/15 Schickle w/o swords in tombak is missing from the list
    Regards
    Hans N

    Don´t throw away your fake WB´s! Get in touch with me.
    I collect them for reference purposes for the benefit of the hobby (for the right "fake" price of course).

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      #3
      Pics of mine
      Attached Files
      Regards
      Hans N

      Don´t throw away your fake WB´s! Get in touch with me.
      I collect them for reference purposes for the benefit of the hobby (for the right "fake" price of course).

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        #4
        double mm´d
        Attached Files
        Regards
        Hans N

        Don´t throw away your fake WB´s! Get in touch with me.
        I collect them for reference purposes for the benefit of the hobby (for the right "fake" price of course).

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          #5
          Hans

          Thank you! I've added it!
          George

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            #6
            I am curious about the #3 mark. When you say its marked 3, its come to my attention that there are 2 different 3's, the flat top 3 kvk 1 wo/s and the rounded three..and rounded three with L11 ....so I have here a flat top 3 kvk wo/s Is it possible to add it ?

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                  #9
                  jouneen

                  That's a good question. And here's yet another "3" mark variation. Give me a few days to get these all sorted out....
                  Attached Files
                  George

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                    #10
                    This one is in Croatian auction site,it costs 130 euro,is it good and should I buy it?
                    Its marked 65.
                    http://www.aukcije.hr/prodaja/Kolekc...reiha/1835649/

                    Im new at collecting german medals and Im not good expert at this stuff.
                    I dont have credit cards so its easy to buy it in my country with cash.

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                      #11
                      Thank you for sharing this information George, WilloW

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                        #12
                        My KriegVerdienstKreuz 1 stuffe. V. Deschler wiht swords im buntmetall. very nice.

                        Deschler & söhne with swords. Buntmetall.



                        Manu.

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                          #13
                          I agree with Douglas 5. So what's all the wipes??? Text should disappear, in my opinion.
                          Greetings.

                          Originally posted by Douglas 5
                          Moderator please remove last post or the inoppropiate content .

                          Regards, Douglas

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                            #14
                            My War Service Cross in first class without swords. guaranteed perfect piece. Numbering or marking "50", as shown. Corresponding to Karl Gschiermeister-Wien. From Buntmetall. From Militaria Berlin.



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                              #15
                              I have L/58 Screwback WITHOUT swords.
                              - Military historian and dealer from Finland.
                              - Collecting Finnish awards, German EK1's 1939, KVK1's w/o swords and Tirolian shooting badges.
                              I still need EK1's L/14 Screwback and Pinback.

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