German WW2 EK1 – dished example with no maker mark – with no box of issue.

The First Class Iron Cross was awarded to those who had previously received the 2nd class iron cross, but in addition performed 3 to 5 pure acts of bravery in the face of the enemy. An EK1 could be awarded directly from a single act of heroism considered well above the usual call of duty within the armed forces of Germany of course as long as the recipient already held the EK2.
This is a rare example with a very interesting hinge. These EK1s are thought to have been made by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Hanauer Plakettenhersteller (Association of Hanau Badge Manufacturers) and listed as their product “24” – they are listed and discussed in depth in the book “The Iron Cross 1st Class” by Dietrich Maerz.
Cross is in nice condition and is a rare version of the EK1

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