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Alex W.

Unique Souval German Cross in Gold in the 1957 form

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Hi everyone,

here is a rarity I'd like to show you. While Souval '57er variant German Crosses are very rare in generell, here is one that is even rarer.

It's an early-mid production made piece. The color of the starburst is slightly lighter than it appears. The pin block is still closed - I'd date the piece around 1960-1968. Not much earlier since the really early Souval DK's feature pin rivets and have a darker, almost black starburst.

What makes this DKiG so special besides being a rivited Souval made 1957er variant, is it's center Iron Cross. All Souval DK's I have come across used the typical St&L EK's as their center piece. Not this one though. It features a Souval EK center piece that follows the typical Souval Ek1 type. (rounded inner corners and the typical "chicken feet" in the corners of the bedding)

I have two other earlier Souval 57'er DK's that don't use this style of EK. The handfull known later DK's again also use the St&L EK again. Seems interesting that Souval did go through the hassle of creating a more unique EK center piece for their DK's in the early 60's and than using St&L parts again in later produced pieces.

Best regards,

Alex

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Wow, what a stunning piece Alex! :w00t:  The EK is simply fascinating, showing all the Souval features you would see on their EK series. Am I correct in saying the pin is a St&L product?

 

Great pics as well, thanks for showing this rare gem my friend.

 

Regards,

Nick

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Wow, what a stunning piece Alex! :w00t:  The EK is simply fascinating, showing all the Souval features you would see on their EK series. Am I correct in saying the pin is a St&L product?

 

Great pics as well, thanks for showing this rare gem my friend.

 

Regards,

Nick

Thanks Nick. Indeed, the pin hardware is St&L.

Regards,

Alex

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A really interesting example Alex.  I've heard so much nonsense about these being junk etc, but this one screems of craftsmanship.

Thanks Tony. Indeed much crap is often talked about Souval products mostly by the same certain "collectors" without having any deeper knowledge about the actual subject. In my book this Dk with it's Souval EK center piece is ceraintly one of the most rare '57 DKiG.

Regards,

Alex

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Quite the unique looking piece .... this is your more "basic" ( basis is maybe harsh as Souval 57er DK's are difficult to find ) version Alex is talking about.

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