1st Pattern Police Cap Eagle

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: 1st


SKU: JW2254 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Police Cap Eagle is a great example of the less often seen, first pattern variant. This type of insignia was worn on visor caps of German Polizei personnel. This early type is made of two pieces of stamped metal, with the eagle and wreath being separate pieces soldered together. Virtually all of the original high quality silver finish remains intact. The obverse shows loads of crisp, sharp detail, and no evident wear. The reverse is hollow, and shows attractive age toning to the original finish, with some subtle rainbow shades. Both of the original flat sheet metal prongs that would have been use to attach this to the front of a cap remain intact, and are very neatly soldered in place as is typical. There is no maker mark. This Police Cap Eagle would be perfect for restoring an early cap, and also displays nicely as a collectible in its own right. It’s in excellent condition.




Historical Description: The German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), as formed in 1935, and as they existed until the end of World War 2, consisted of the Army (Heer), the Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the Navy (Kriegsmarine). The Waffen-SS fell under the command of the Wehrmacht during the war. Each of these branches of service had a unique eagle design that was worn on both the formal dress and parade uniforms, and the field uniforms, of the members of that branch. These eagles were worn on soft headgear, including service and field caps, as well as on the uniform jacket. In the Heer, the Luftwaffe, and the Kriegsmarine, this eagle was worn on the chest of the tunic; collectors have termed these “breast eagles.” The Heer and the Luftwaffe generally used the same eagle style, though variations in color of the eagle or the backing distinguish between the two. The Luftwaffe used their own flying eagle emblem. The Waffen-SS sleeve eagle (and cap eagle) had wings that came to a distinctive tapered point. The cap, breast and sleeve eagles used by the various military branches were manufactured in many variations. There were machine-woven and machine embroidered versions, usually used by officers and NCOs. Hand-embroidered bullion wire eagles were typically for officers. There were metal eagles, for caps, or for uniforms that were intended to have detachable insignia. There were even eagles embroidered on camouflage fabric, intended for use on special field uniforms. There were also eagles in specific colors for use on tropical uniforms. Some of these eagles were mass-produced and are still common today. Others were, and are, very rare.



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