This is the second Knights Cross 57 issue War-Den has at present. In 1957 the West German Government authorised the manufacture and allowed purchase by WW2 German Veterans of all forms of the Iron Cross. The central swastika was replaced by an Oak Leaf Cluster. The crosses were manufactured to the same dimensions and highest quality standards. During the 60s the central magnetic iron core was replaced by a non-magnetic core so as to avoid erosion. The construction in three parts remained and the silver frames still contained the .800 silver content.

 The Knights Cross (Ritterkreuz) were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of Germany during WW2. It was awarded across all ranks from a senior commander for leadership, to a low ranking soldier for a single act of bravery.
This cross was manufactured by Steinhauer und Luck. The Oak Leaves and Acorns show the expected fine detail, and the lettering is nice and chunky as on all original examples, I would estimate the manufacture at being  mid 70s, certainly not an early production although does have a nice aged patina to the silver frame. The ribbon is in excellent condition and folded nicely into the case. The case again is in excellent shape with no scuffing. The black velvet base of the case is perfect, the white silk to the inside of the lid is completely undamaged and excellent condition. The catch is fully secure and works fine. Interestingly it comes with a length of ribbon machined with the emblem of Dresden and what looks like a list of Knights Cross winners – its worthy of further research.
A beautiful presentation piece of this historic award, the quality speaks for itself!

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