L013279 OBSERVER'S BADGE. (Beobachterabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The observerís qualification badge was introduced by Hermann GŲring on March 26TH 1936 for award to observers, navigators and bombardiers who had met the required criteria. The observerís badge was awarded on an individual basis and criteria for bestowal included five operational flights over enemy territory or a minimum of two months active service. As with other flyerís specialty badges a cloth version of the observerís badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCOís and a hand embroidered pattern for Officerís.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, nickel/silver plated and burnished finished, die struck, alloy construction, two piece badge is in the form of a nickel/silver plated, vertically oval, wreath with a separate, dark, burnished silver finished, stylized, spread winged eagle in flight, clutching a canted, swastika in itís talons, mounted on the wreath. The eagle is attached to the wreath by two, small, dome headed rivets which are visible to the reverse. The vertically oval wreath features embossed laurel leaves to the right side and oak-leaves to the left side. The nicely convex wreath and the highly vaunted eagle both show nice detailing including intricate feathering and cut-outs to the wing tips, tail feathers and the swastika and high relief details to the wreath. The eagles wings extend beyond both sides of the wreath. The smooth reverse of the wreath has a barrel type hinge, a thin, round vertical pin, and catch. The reverse of the eagle is well marked with the impressed manufacturerís name and location, "P. Meybauer Berlin".

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $785.00

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