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1939 Iron Cross First Class by C.F. Zimmermann “L/52, 20”

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A very nice Zimmermann Iron Cross First Class, with standard Zimmermann pin and double proof marks, “L/52” and “20”. What is unique about this example is the double stamping of the “L/52” (see photos). The front of this 1st Class Iron Cross is typical for the maker with the correct “1939” font and other quality features we expect to see from Zimmermann…

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A very nice Zimmermann Iron Cross First Class, with standard Zimmermann pin and double proof marks, “L/52” and “20”. What is unique about this example is the double stamping of the “L/52” (see photos).

The front of this 1st Class Iron Cross is typical for the maker with the correct “1939” font and other quality features we expect to see from Zimmermann. There is some nice age tarnishing, with about 95% of the original silvering still present. There is some paint flaking to the black background, but nothing abnormal with these. We expect to see some flaking from time. Overall, the paint retention is approximately 90%.

On the reverse we see a very nice age patina, mostly toward the outer parts of the cross arms. The pin is nice and rigid, fitting to the clasp very nicely and centered once closed. On the inside of the pin arm we see the double proof version of the Zimmermann firm’s mark, with the “L/52” within a recessed stamping, and the number “20” stamped about a third of the way up the arm from the hinge. What is interesting about this particular cross is the “52” (of the “L/52” stamping) can be seen twice; once within the recessed box, and again outside the box. Someone was a little stamp happy the day this Iron Cross went through assembly.

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