Product Description: This cased Zimmermann Knight’s Cross is as stunning and gorgeous as it is rare. The maker of this award was the firm of C. F. Zimmermann in Pforzheim. The cross is outstanding, with an even, appealing patina to the silver frame, and crisp beading. The frame is neatly stamped on the reverse with the Zimmerman PKZ maker code “20” as well as “800” indicating the silver content. The iron core is correct for Zimmermann, and retains the original factory applied paint on the lower and side arms. The upper arm of the core has what might be a touch up to the paint. In any case, this is an extremely rare produced cross which is 20 times rarer than any Juncker produced cross. The suspension loop on this cross is unmarked, but is a correct, imperial style Zimmermann loop. The cross is complete with an original and correct ribbon, that is full length (72 cm), and does not appear ever to have been worn. The ribbon shows bright color and no damage. The cross and ribbon are housed in a lovely case, that is in excellent condition. The exterior of the case retains virtually all of the original surface. There is light wear, and some scattered marks. The closure utilizes a domed push button that is still functional. Inside, the cross and ribbon are beautifully displayed on a black insert. The white satin lid lining shows some age toning, but remains completely intact. This textbook set comes with a complete COA from the foremost authority on these prestigious awards, and author of the Knight’s Cross book, Dietrich Maerz. This cased Zimmermann Knight’s Cross would be a top highlight of virtually any collection. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The German Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Instituted on September 1st, 1939, the Knight’s 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 Knight’s Cross and its subsequent grades was among Germany’s highest military decorations. The Knight’s 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 Knight’s 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 Knight’s Cross was awarded 7,364 times during the war. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 Knight’s Crosses were produced between September 1939 to May 1945.
The Knight’s 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 Knight’s Cross.
Known Manufacturers: Juncker, Steinhauer & Luck, Klein & Quenzer, Otto Schickle, C.F. Zimmermann, Gebruder Godet, Unknown “3/4 Ring”.
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