2nd Pattern S-Boat Badge – Schwerin

Condition: Excellent+

Maker: Schwerin

Pattern: 2nd

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW6431 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This 2nd Pattern S-Boat Badge is a very nice and desirable example that has a lot going for it. It is made of fine zinc. The obverse still retains nearly all of the original finish. The gold wreath has bright and appealing color. The intact silver finish on the S-Boat contrasts nicely with the factory applied darkening on the waves. All of the original detail is intact, and the surface shows only small, scattered marks, with minimal wear and age. The reverse of this 2nd Pattern S-Boat Badge retains the original dark finish, with slight bubbling as is typical on these zinc pieces. It’s well marked in raised lettering with the designer of the badge (Peekhaus) as well as the maker, “Schwerin, Berlin 68.” The hardware setup is typical for this maker, with a horizontal banjo pin and a hook at the top. This badge is untouched, and the hardware is functional, with no repairs. These sought-after Kriegsmarine combat badges have become harder to find, especially in this condition. This one rates as excellent plus.




Historical Description: The S-Boat Badge (Schnellbootkriegsabzeichen) was instituted on May 30, 1941, by Kriegsmarine leader Grossadmiral Erich Raeder. The purpose of this badge was to recognize the achievements and experience of the crews of the fast attack boats, who by that stage of the war had already sunk many British warships and merchant vessels. The design of the badge featured a German S-Boat in action, surrounded by a wreath and surmounted by a German national eagle and swastika emblem. To earn this badge, members of fast attack boat crews had to display exceptional leadership, participate in at least 12 combat missions, or participate in an exceptionally successful mission. The S-Boat Badge could also be awarded to sailors who had earned another decoration on a mission. It was also posthumously awarded to sailors killed in action. In 1943, a new type of this badge was introduced which featured a larger, newer model S-Boat and a larger German eagle.



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