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Knights Cross of the Iron Cross by Klein & Quenzer

A fine example of a rare Knights Cross of the Iron Cross by Klein und Quenzer, being an early example without the upper frame flaw which was to take the form of four small dots.
A textbook K&Q Knights Cross in every respect, the Cross is complete with the original long 45 mm wide neck ribbon with sewn on ties of the ribbon used for the Iron Cross on the medal bar.
Overall condition is very good with both the Cross and ribbon free from damage and with the black baked on paint to the magnetic core being 98% intact. Interestingly, an almost unperceivable area of light rubbing to the horizontal arms on the reverse suggests the Cross has swung across a button during wear, suggesting this was once owned by an army or SS recipient since both Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe decorations were worn over an open collar.
The silver frame is stamped 800 on the reverse of the upper arm to show the silver content, whilst the suspension loop shows 800 and 65 for Klein & Quenzer.
Ribbon and ties are in very good condition.
The most coveted award of the Third Reich period itsí recipients were elevated to hero status with an estimated number in the region of less than 7,400 only being awarded.
An extremely rare decoration and one which will continue to prove a sound investment.