Product Description: This 1957 Reissue Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves is an outstanding example, in absolutely pristine, mint condition. These 1957 pattern awards were made after WWII, for veterans who were awarded the Knight’s Cross during the war. Most of these were produced between 1957 and the late 1970’s. This one is a fantastic set. The cross shows zero wear, and retains all of the original factory applied core paint on both sides. The finish on the frame is virtually flawless, with attractive original luster. The upper arm of the cross is stamped on the frame with “800,” indicating the silver content. The oak leaves are likewise perfect, and also stamped “800” on the reverse. The ribbon is crisp and flawless, with bright colors. The case for this 1957 Reissue Knight’s Cross is extremely well preserved. All of the original leatherette covering is present on the exterior, with a clean, glossy look. The push button and hinge function with no issues. The award is beautifully displayed on a flocked insert, and the silk lid lining is clean and bright. This is a very attractive and complete award, that has become increasingly scarce.
Historical Description: The German Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. Instituted on September 1st, 1939, the Knights Cross has come to be known as one of the most recognized awards of World War Two. Awarded for acts of extreme bravery during combat, or successful leadership resulting in extraordinary success, the Knights Cross and its subsequent grades was among Germany’s highest military decorations. The Knights Cross was worn around the neck, suspended by a black, red, and white ribbon. Every member of Germany’s armed forces was eligible to be awarded the Knights Cross, provided the requirements of awarding had been met. The awarding process, determining whether or not a soldier was worthy of the award, began as a recommendation at the company level. This recommendation was then reviewed and either approved or denied. Upon approval, it would continue up the chain of command and end with Adolf Hitler, himself, making the final judgment. The Knights Cross was awarded 7,364 times during the course of the war. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 Knights Crosses were produced between September 1939 to May 1945.
The Knights Cross was constructed of three separate pieces, a core and two outer frames. The core, made of iron, zinc, or brass, was placed between the two outer silver frames and delicately hand soldered together. The Cross was then suspended by a large loop through the frames top eyelet. A ribbon of black, white, and red was then threaded through the suspension loop. The production of the Knights Cross was strictly regulated. Only the companies granted approval by the government were legally allowed to produce the Knights Cross.
Known Manufacturers: Juncker, Steinhauer & Luck, Klein & Quenzer, Otto Schickle, C.F. Zimmermann, Gebruder Godet, Unknown “3/4 Ring”.
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