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PrussianGarde

I bought this for a really good price and it just came a few days ago. What do you think?

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JMB1943

I know very little about the Eisernkreuz, so can you explain what CD800 means?

My comment on your example is, that I am always slightly surprised by the amount of degradation of the black (iron?) center.

Were these painted or lacquered for protection against the environment?

Have you done any cleaning of this piece?

 

Regards,

JMB

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Jackson (I assume that is your first name?),

Your screwback EKI looks good! 

The numbers awarded for 197395514_EKIDisc.jpg.089dfcc1286c71f7806c8fbf7179bd0e.jpg1020270152_EKIDiscrev.jpg.d0ed9495e8d19582b2a333b2b6ca8a2d.jpg1914-18 (but also claimed well into the early 1920s), are ca. 218,000.

Awarded in the main to Officers, those EKIs awarded to Other Ranks (Mannschaftsdienstgrade) were outstanding.

The vertical bar attachment is mostly seen (my wife's maternal grandfather's cased version, for example); the screwback types are less usual. 

I have only one of that type in my Collection, attached for your general interest.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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PrussianGarde
Posted (edited)

This attachment is a little dirty so I’m going to clean it today, thanks for reminding me. Looking at it now, it looks to have been made out of iron, making it black, which seems to be unique to the maker’s screwbacks. One thing that is for sure is that it was definitely not painted. CD800 is the maker (Carl Dillenius) and it is silver (800). I haven’t seen a CD in a while and a guy gave me a huge discount on it (I know him personally). Thanks Kim for the info as well. I don’t see many CD800’s so I wonder how many there were of them (my guess is somewhere in the 20 to 30 thousand range).

 

Jackson (my first name lol)

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Jackson (I got it right!),

The Carl Dillenius manufacturer is a huge bonus, and 800 silver is good. Well done to get a 'hugh discount'.

You could be right with a twenty to thirty-thousand figure. The EKI was a sort of Rite of Passage for officer-types in those days...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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PrussianGarde
Posted (edited)

Thanks! I got it for less then $250. You are right about it being rite of passage, it seems to have carried a sort of prestige during the war and afterwards. Also, carrying a WW1 EK1 (presumably with a spange) in WW2 must have carried even more.

 

Jackson

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