Condition: Near Mint
Maker: Deumer- L/12
Product Description: This Second Class Spange by Deumer is a fantastic example of this desirable award in the Iron Cross series. It shows close to zero wear, and retains all of the original detail to the eagle’s feathers and the oak leaf wreath. The front of this award has great detail and outstanding finish, with brightly polished highlights that contrast wonderfully with the attractive matte frosting. The reverse is flat, with lovely, dark toning to the completely intact original finish. The prongs that would have been used to affix this to a 1914 Iron Cross Second Class ribbon are intact, with no sign of any damage or repair. This is a textbook product of the firm of Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. This Second Class Spange by Deumer displays great, and it would be very hard to find one of these in better 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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