Product Description: This First Pattern Juncker EK2 Spange is a desirable variant, that displays extremely well. This is a top quality, first pattern piece, with the scalloped date bar. It’s made of nickel silver, as was typical for early production. The obverse retains full detail, and virtually all of the original finish, with some attractive toning and light patina from age. This Spange remains pinned firmly to a short length of 1914 pattern Iron Cross ribbon, which has slight age toning to the white areas. The manner in which this ribbon is trimmed, suggests it may have been cut from a uniform. On the reverse, three of the four original Tombak (brass alloy) attachment prongs remain visible; the fourth prong is missing. This First Pattern Juncker EK2 Spange has a lot of eye appeal, and is in 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 screw back, 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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