K005290 MEDICAL EM'S CAREER SLEEVE INSIGNIA. (Sanitätspersonal Laufbahnabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: On entering Kriegsmarine service all personnel were assigned and trained for a specific career. These careers consisted of a wide variety of specialty trades and functions with some of the careers restricted to certain rank groups. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issued distinctive career insignia to be worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniforms. In all the Kriegsmarine utilized no fewer then twenty-five assorted trade badges with most being carried over from the Weimar, Reichsmarine, (National Navy Circa 1919-1933), era. For EM/NCO’s the career insignia could be worn combined with the rank insignia or as separate insignia. Enlisted ranks of Matrose up to and including Hauptgefreiter career insignia were generally embroidered on small, round, bases while NCO ranks of Maat up to and including Oberdeckoffizier career insignia were on larger, vertically oval bases and could come in embroidered or stamped alloy versions. Regulations dictated that the base color of the insignia was to match the color of the uniform it was worn on.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The insignia consists of a roughly, 60mm diameter, loosely woven, white cotton/rayon blend base with a machine embroidered vertical, Asklepian, (serpent intertwined on a staff), in cornflower blue cotton threads. The outer edge of the circular base is trimmed with a narrow, machine stitched on, white cotton/rayon blend reinforcement strip. threads. The reverse of the insignia still has its original protective white cotton/rayon backing intact. The insignia is in overall, very good, excellent condition with minimal age toning.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $9.00

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