LUFTMEDALS #38380C Early Pilot's Badge
This early Pilot's Badge still has nearly 100% of the original finish. It is oval shaped, with triple overlapping oak leaves on the right side and overlapping laurel leaves on the left. Superimposed on the wreath is a contrasting gray Luftwaffe eagle grasping an open, smooth mobile swastika. The detail throughout this bird is absolutely outstanding.
The reverse of the badge has a barrel hinge, straight pin and a baseless catch soldered directly to the badge. The bird is retained by two rivets with doughnut-style heads.
A very fine, early Luftwaffe badge here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00
LUFTMEDALS #38381C Early Fallschirmjäger Badge
This early Fallschirmjäger Badge is a beauty. It features an oval wreath of overlapping oak leaves of patinated silver. Stretching over the top of the badge at a 45 degree angle is a diving eagle. Of the gilding appears to still be on this bird. It grasps a plain mobile swastika in its talons. The feathering throughout this bird is exceptional and extremely impressive.
The reverse of the badge is marked “W. Deumer Ludenschied”. It is equipped with a barrel hinge, straight pin, and a baseless catch that is soldered directly to the medal. The eagle is retained by two rivets with doughnut-style tops. Also on the back of the eagle we see the initials of the original owner, “WV”.
An outstanding example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,795.00
LUFTMEDALS #38382C Radio/Gunner Badge
This badge is of early construction and of highest quality. It has an outstanding patination throughout the silver wreath as well as the bird grasping lightning bolts. The detail throughout the feathering of the bird is simply terrific.
The circumference of the badge is covered in overlapping oak leaves, also finely detailed. This badge shows almost no wear.
The reverse of this badge is marked “W. Deumer Ludenschied”. The badge is equipped with a barrel hinge, narrow straight pin, and a baseless catch soldered directly to the reverse. The rivets that retain the obverse eagle have doughnut-style tops.
A high quality example here.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
LUFTMEDALS #38067 Gold Squadron Clasp
This Squadron Clasp is a great looking medal, being fairly wide. It has two “wings” of overlapping oak leaves that stretch about 3 inches across. In the center there is a ring of laurel leaves with an immobile swastika at the bottom. Positioned in the center is a winged iron bomb, complete with tail fins. The gilded surfaces throughout the medal are intact, the base being of fine bronze and not the cheaper zinc.
The reverse of the medal is marked “G.H. Osang” on the left. There is a rivet in the center reverse that acts to retain the bomb insignia. The medal has a horizontal flat “Coke bottle” pin and a barrel hinge. The catch looks to have a period repair, but it is so minor it almost completely escapes notice.
A very fine, original medal here that is increasingly scarce.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
LUFTMEDALS #37779 Luftwaffe 4 Year Service Parade Ribbon and Medallion
This Luftwaffe Service Medallion is silvered, and features a closed-winged eagle and swastika on the obverse. The reverse has the number “4”, indicating that it was given for four years of service. It is about the size of a quarter.
The accompanying parade mount shows some soiling and fading. It has an early droop-tail eagle clutching a mobile swastika. There is a pin on the reverse of the parade mount.
A good example for a Luftwaffe uniform.
LUFTMEDALS #36568 Late Wartime Parachute Badge
This Parachute Badge appears to be of zinc construction and was made well into the war. The badge depictions a wreath of overlapping oak leaves on the right side, and overlapping laurel leaves, complete with berries, on the left side. There is an eagle which is applied with rivets across the badge on a 45 degree angle, given the appearance of diving. This eagle grasps a mobile swastika in its talons. The detail throughout this bird is quite good. There is about 70% of the original gilding remaining in the recesses of the wing feathering.
The reverse of the badge features two dome-head rivets which retain the obverse-mounted eagle. The eagle is stamped on the reverse at the upper section, “B&N” over the letter “L”. The pin has a brass hinge assembly, and is a straight style pin. A brass catch is at the lower portion.
A decent original Parachute Badge here.
LUFTMEDALS #35740 Parachute Badge
This Parachute Badge looks to me like a late-war issue, as it appears to be constructed entirely of zinc. The depiction features an oval shape with overlapping laurel leaves decorating the left portion, and overlapping oak leaves on the right side. Riveted to this wreath is a downward pointing eagle, positioned at approximately a 45 degree angle. The eagle has some old gilding visible in the recesses of it's design, but the higher portions show bare zinc. Despite the late war look of the piece, the detailing to the bird's head and feathering is outstanding. The bird clutches a mobile swastika in his talons.
The reverse of the badge reveals that this bird is retained by two rivets, each fairly small and with rounded heads. The pin is a straight type, with a standard barrel hinge. The catch is the pedestal type, and is soldered directly to the outer edge of the piece. it appears as though the solder has been touched up a long time ago, so I would imagine that this is a period repair.
A good original example, recently coming from a coin shop in Florida.
This Bomber Flight clasp is produced in a zinc base and most of the bronze finish has gone to time. It consists of an open circle in the center which is decorated with overlapping laurel leaves with an immobile swastika at the bottom.
Outward going from the circle in a wing-like fashion are triple sets of overlapping oak leaves. In the center is a silvered bomb which is pointing downward, having wings on the bomb's edges and the bomb's rudder. The reverse of the badge has a rivet holding this bomb device.
The reverse is marked "C.H. Osang/Dresden". There is a barrel style hinge with "Coke bottle" shape pin with center ridge line and cup hook. Good details to this badge, despite the fact thefinish is gone.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $650.00
This Parachute Badge is of zinc construction, and it is a wartime late made example. The details throughout, though, are extremely crisp and this badge appears to possibly have been unissued. The badge consists of an oval wreath, which half is composed of overlapping oak leaves, and the other half composed of laurel wreathing. The oval is open in the center.
Crossing on a 45 degree dive angle is an eagle, which clutches an open swastika in his talons. The detail to the bird, head, feathering, and other features is outstanding.
The reverse of the badge has a barrel hinge, with straight pin and catch. The rivets which retain the diving bird are the style which are not dressed on the back. (This is typical of the late issue pieces). This badge is unmarked. A fine original example here.
Mint Minus. $595.00
This Heavy Dive Bomber clasp is a good looking medal. It is of quality construction. It features a circular motif in the center made of overlapping laurel leaves. At the bottom is in immobile swastika. Wing-like arms go outward on both sides and they are made of triple overlapping oak leaves.
In the center open area, there is a bomb in silver which has wings on both sides and also wings on the back pin. The reverse of the medal is not marked. All of the gilding remains on the reverse and there is a rivet which retains the bomb part. The hinge is the barrel type and the pin is a horizontally mounted "Coke bottle" shape with cup hook. A fine looking original example.
Near Mint. $950.00
This Luftwaffe 4 Year Service Medal with Ribbon is the silver coin like medallion being about the size of a quarter. The medallion depicts a Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika with closed wings and looking to the viewer’s right. There are words around the circumference which cite that the medal was for time in the service. On the reverse there is an oak leaf wreath and in the center is the numeral “4” indicating four year service.
There is a parade mount style blue ribbon to which the medallion is mounted. Above the mounting is an early droop tail Luftwaffe eagle flying to the right and clutching a mobile swastika. The eagle shows just the slightest bit of wear to the high edges but the silvering is still about 90%. The parade mount backing is a red velvet which shows some mild mothing. There is a brass pin on the rear for attachment to the original wearer’s uniform. A nice parade mount here!