Product Description: This Deumer EK1 Spange is a quality piece. It is made of a heavy brass alloy (Tombak). The front retains most of the original finish, with intact matte frosting, and polished highlight that still shine from beneath a light age patina. There are some scattered marks, as well as some areas with heavier patination, but loads of original detail. The reverse of this Deumer EK1 Spange is flat, with heavy original silvering, and some typical patination and handling marks. The center of the reverse is neatly stamped L/11 in a box, indicating manufacture by the desirable maker Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. The hardware setup features a block hinge, a round wire pin and catch. The hardware is all functional and shows no signs of repair. This scarce first class Spange rates as excellent condition.
Historical Description: When Adolf Hitler reinstituted the historical Iron Cross was decoration on September 1, 1939, he also instituted a special new award, the “Wiederholungsspange,” to recognize people who had earned the 1914 Iron Cross during WWI and whose actions in this new war merited being awarded the Iron Cross again. There were two different patterns of this Spange, for the First and Second Classes of the Iron Cross. Both of them took the form of a German national eagle and swastika emblem, with outstretched wings, over a bar with the date “1939.” The First Class award had a pin attachment or screwback, to enable it to be worn on the uniform pocket over the 1914 Iron Cross. Some combo-type awards are also known, with the Spange fastened to the top arm of the 1914 cross. The Second Class Spange had two or four prongs on the reverse, and was affixed to a length of 1914 pattern Iron Cross ribbon. Most of the Spange awards were made of a brass alloy (Buntmetall) with a silver finish, while late war examples were produced from zinc. As with most German combat awards, there were many variations of the Spange produced, including miniature awards for the ribbon bar.
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