S018179 POLIZEI OFFICER’S M43/OVERSEAS CAP EAGLES. (Mützenadler)

BACKGROUND: Shortly after Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party) ascended to the leadership of Germany, the police, as with almost all civic organizations, incorporated the new style national eagle and swastika on their insignia. The first pattern police insignia to utilize the new style national eagle and swastika was introduced on April 23RD 1934. On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. On June 25TH 1936 a slightly modified second pattern police eagle and swastika were introduced to replace the first pattern. Generally officers ranks utilized bright silver/aluminum wire on their insignia while EM/NCO’s utilized silver/grey threads.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Machine woven, second pattern, (circa June 1936-May 1945), right facing, Police eagles with out-stretched wings, encompassed by a vertical oval, oak-leave wreath all in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a cut-out, woven, black rayon base. Hard eagle to find, let alone a lot of 18 on their original roll. Nice!

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $1,875.00 (Or Best Offer)

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