Juncker First Pattern EK2 Spange

Condition: Very Good

Maker: Juncker

Pattern: 1st Pattern

Base Material: Nickel Silver

SKU: JW3821 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This Juncker First Pattern EK2 Spange is a very attractive piece. This is a desirable, early variant, with the scalloped date bar. It’s made of nickel silver. The obverse shows only extremely slight wear, with lots of crisp detail evident. The original finish is fully intact, with some light toning and a very light age patina. This Juncker First Pattern EK2 Spange is fastened to a short length of original 1914 pattern Iron Cross ribbon, which is nice and clean, with only extremely slight age toning and minor fraying to the cut edges. On the reverse, three of the four original brass alloy (Tombak) attachment prongs are visible; the fourth prong is missing. This is a nice example of an early award, by a prestigious manufacturer, and remains in a strong very good 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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