H003871 NATIONAL EAGLE HELMET DECAL. (Hoheitsabzeichen Abzeihbild für Stahlhelm)

BACKGROUND: The Third Reich pattern national eagle for the army was officially introduced on February 17TH 1934 and regulations decreed it was to be worn on the steel helmet, visor caps, all tunics and field blouses. Later amendments to the introductory order stipulated that the national eagle also be worn on all field caps, the sports uniform and the black panzer wrap. The eagle came in three distinct designs with two having slightly different out-stretched wings and the third with down-swept wings. The national eagle decal was applied to the left side of the helmet while a national tri-color shield decal was applied to the right side of the helmet.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 1 7/8", (4.7cm), tall, 1 1/2", (3.8cm), wide, light weight, paper sheet with a roughly, 1 5/8", (4.1cm), tall, 1 1/4", (3.1cm), wide national eagle helmet decal. The eagle decal is mounted on the paper sheet in a reverse image so that when the reverse of the sheet is applied to the helmet the obverse of the decal will be facing outward. The obverse of the sheet has a printed light blue, outline of the national eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it's talons, within a shield shaped border. The obverse of the decal also has the light blue printed manufacturer's name and location, Abziehbilderfabrik Gust. Peiniger Bielefeld. No. 7209 . The reverse side of the sheet has a bright silver foil, shield shaped border with a faint image of the national eagle just visible. The decal is in overall very good, unissued condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $179.00

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