Ball Hinge Flak Badge

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: Unknown (Known as “Ball Hinge”)

Metal: Nickel Silver

SKU: JW3417 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Ball Hinge Flak Badge is an exquisite and pristine piece. It’s a top quality, early badge, made from nickel silver- a desirable variant. The manufacture of these badges is as yet unknown, and collectors refer to this badge type as “ball hinge” because of the distinctive hardware. The front of this badge has fantastic finish and patina, with very attractive toning, and lots of contrast between the dark recesses and the bright nickel silver high points. It shows only extremely light wear, and retains loads of detail to the gun, wreath and flying Luftwaffe eagle. The reverse of this ball hinge Flak badge has gorgeous original darkening. The hardware is crimped in place, functional, and unrepaired. The condition of this scarce badge rates as near mint! It’s an outstanding example with great visual appeal.




Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Flak Badge was instituted on 10th January, 1941. The original design, an Eagle clutching a swatika flying above a raised 88mm gun emplacement and surrounded by an oakleave wreath, is credited to Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, a famous German architect whose designs were favored by the German OKW and used for many other combat and qualification awards. The criteria for the awarding of the Luftwaffe Flak Badge was based upon a points system. Points were given for the downing of enemy aircraft and the assistance of the downing of aircraft by searchlight or spotting units. After accruing 16 points, the badge would be awarded. Both officers and enlisted personnel were eligible for the award.

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