K004090 HIGH SEAS FLEET WAR BADGE. (Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The High Seas Fleet War Badge was instituted by Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Gro▀admiral, (Commander in Chief of the Navy and Grand Admiral), Erich Raeder on April 30TH 1941 to recognize the actions of personnel serving on German battleships and cruisers in the battle against England. Bestowal criteria varied with the main qualification being twelve weeks of active service on a battleship or cruiser.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, solid backed, nicely convexed, alloy construction badge with gilt and burnished silver finishes. The badge features a vertically oval oak-leaf wreath with a national eagle with out-stretched wings superimposed to the top center, encompassing a nicely detailed, cut-out, "face on", likeness of the battleship Bismarck cutting through waves. The solid reverse of the badge is slightly concaved. The reverse has a solid, soldered hinge, a broad vertical pin and a heavy soldered catch all intact. The reverse is well marked with the embossed designer and manufacturers names, "Fec. Adolf Bock", and "Ausf. Schwerin-Berlin", respectively.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,045.00

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