Product Description: This Nickel EK2 Spange is a desirable example, that likely dates from the first part of the war. It has great visual appeal and is in outstanding condition. The base metal of this award is nickel silver. Nearly all of the original finish is intact, with brightly polished, eye-catching highlights that contrast with the frosted look of the recesses. There is no evident wear to the obverse, and all of the original detail is still intact, with only very slight age toning to the finish. The reverse of this Nickel EK2 Spange is flat and smooth, with just a few minor scattered marks to the original finish. There is no maker marking, but this variant is known to have been manufactured by the firm of Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. All four of the original flat prongs are present, and are typical for this award, with no sign of any repair. This choice Iron Cross Spange would be tough to upgrade. The condition rates as near mint.
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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