Taking Care Off Your Medals
Collectors off WW1 & WW2 Items can be a funny mob, they must be one off the only groups off collectors that does not believe in restoration or even cleaning and preventing corrosion to there collectable items
In nearly all other collecting circles off Antiques there is a very strong believe in taking preventive care off ones collection! Now I am by know means suggesting that you start polishing the crap out off your medals, but if you see rust developing on your Iron cross, there a certain thinks that can be done to prevent the spread off this rust!
And then there are the bronze medals, I have seen so many bronze medals where the corrosion has almost eaten through these medals!
First tip do not use brasso on your medals
If you have an bronze medal with signs of corrosion simply soak it in olive oil over night, then gently wipe it dry, and it goes with out saying take it off the ribbon first! For Iron Crosses there is rust preventive oil you can soak these in for just a few minutes, which in most cases will stop the rust dead in its tracks, as a general rule iron crosses seem to start rusting on the iron under the edges off the silver frame
Polishing off medals is not recommended, but if you do feel the urge the best thing is simply wipe over the medal with a silver cloth
Also any polishing agents that can be used on fine silver or gold is save as well!
Do not let your WW2 or WW1 collection just rust away!!!
WW1 EK1 That has started rusting !
Another well looked after medal !!!
And a thought, the people originally awarded these medals, would take care off them, that’s for sure!
IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS, KNOWN MAKERS
The List below is off all the kown makers off WW2 Iron crosses, but beware not all German Ek,s where maker marked
3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 33, 35, 40, 42, 44, 49, 55, 65, 75, 93, 95, 100,
108. 113, 120, 122, 123, 125, 128, 133, 142,
Maker Marked 100
Makers mark on a EK2 128
IRON CROSS FIRST CLASS, KNOWN MAKERS
4, 6, 8, 15, 20, 26, 52, 65, 100, 107,
L/10, L/11, L/12, L/13, L/15, L/16, L/18, L/19, L/50, L/52, L/53, L/54, L/55, L/56, L/57, L/58, L/59,
makers mark 107 on the pin
IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS BAR, KNOWN MAKERS
L/4, L/11, L/12, L/14, L/16, L18, L/56
IRON CROSS FIRST CLASS BAR, KNOWN MAKERS
L/11, L/21, L/50, L/56, L/57,