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WW2 German Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oakleaves
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Current price : $20,000.00
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Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Started: 8/13/2018 6:47:48 PM
Ends: 8/23/2018 6:47:48 PM
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Original WW2 German Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oakleaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). Multi piece construction, with a magnetic iron core and 800 silver frame.

Marked on the reverse of the frame immediately below the loop -

800      20

800 is the silver content (80% silver) and 20 is the early war manufacturer's number denoting CF Zimmermann of Pforzheim.

The original silver frosting is almost gone, and the frame has much minor tarnishing. The black paint on the core is not entirely flat indicating the iron core has some minor surface rust, under the paint. The swastika and Year marks (1939 on obverse and 1813 on reverse) are high and crisp edged. Overall in good condition. Crisp detail. See photographs. This is an absolutely stock standard example of this manufacturer's work.

The oakleaf is stamped 900 (silver content of 90%), 21 and Silber inside a rectangle. 21 is Gebrüder Godet & Co. of Berlin. The oakleaf's silver frosting is almost gone, and it has much minor tarnishing. This device has had much use. The wire ends are smoothly rounded.

The ribbon is a full length, but the ties have been cut off. It is the original ribbon for this oakleaf.

Cross is 32.3 grams (1.13 oz).

Oakleaf is 7.3 grams (0.25 oz).

This lot includes a signed photograph of the recipient. The photograph is the official recipient photograph, signed both front and back by the recipient in 1984. The photograph has been sealed in plastic.

The recipient is Robert Kaestner (born on 27 October 1913 in Frankfurt am Main and died 18 November 1990 in Seeshaupt, Bavaria).

He was awarded his Knight's Cross on 11 December 1943, as Commanding Officer of the 105th Grenadier Regiment, on the Eastern Front.

He was granted the oakleaves on 21 February 1944, still as Commander of the same unit, in the Tscherkassy region. He is recipient number 401 of a total of 882.

He was a Major at the time of both awards, and ended the war as a Colonel (Oberst). He was captured by the Americans in May 1945, whilst commander of the 16th People Grenadier Division, on the western front. Detailed Service history will be provided with the item.

There were only 882 oakleaf recipients.

This is not a 'jeweller's copy' (called dupla by the Germans). Initially such items could be purchased from designated stores, hat shops and jewellers. However, after April 1942, such sales were prohibited and copies could only be obtained from the official manufacturers. Godet was initially the only such official manufacturer, but CE Juncker and Paul Meybauer were later also permitted to produce them.

Please do not bid on this item if you live in a country that prohibits the import of such items. For example, items bearing a swastika cannot be sent to certain European countries. Please do not ask us to ignore such limitations, where they apply. 

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Payment Details: Postage listed is for Australian addresses only. For International destinations, please ask for total cost. I require items of this value to be sent registered mail. Our postal service is pretty reliable. I have no preference for shipping method. Warning. If you want registered mail and/or postage outside Australia, our postal authorities only do this for parcels, not letter class items, and the rates are a lot higher (but still reasonable, compared to US, UK, and many European Countries postal services). Preferred method of payment is by direct deposit, for Australian buyers. Buyers using PayPal payments must cover PayPal charges (2.4% + AU$0.30). If you win multiple auctions, combined postage costs will apply. This will be significantly cheaper per item.
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