K020273 OFFICER'S BREAST EAGLE. (Hoheitsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. The Kriegsmarine, (War Navy), adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle for wear on the front of the headgear and the right breast of the uniform on March 24TH 1934. The Kriegsmarine’s version of the national eagle was identical to the army version except for the coloration with the army utilizing silver, white and grey eagles while the Kriegsmarine utilized golden yellow eagles. Of Note: The only exceptions in the coloration of the Kriegsmarine eagles was that personnel serving in the Administrative branch utilized a silver eagle while eagles worn on the white jumper shirts were in cornflower blue. Due to the silver insignia the Administrative personnel were contemptuously referred to as Silberlinge, (Silvered Ones). Generally officer’s ranks utilized hand embroidered breast eagles while EM/NCO’s ranks utilized machine embroidered or machine woven breast eagles. Besides the hand embroidered, machine embroidered and machine woven breast eagles the Kriegsmarine also utilized removable, metal breast eagles on a limited basis. The metal breast eagles were generally restricted to Officer’s ranks and were worn on the white tunic, the white mess jacket and the tropical brown and white tunics as opposed to the metal breast eagles utilized by the German army which were only worn on the white summer tunic.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die stamped, alloy construction, breast eagle features out-stretched wings, and is clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in it’s talons. The eagle’s wingspan is roughly 95mm from wing tip to wing tip. The hollow reverse is a mirror image of the obverse. Pin and catch are complete.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $198.00

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