Product Description: This cased Deumer Pilot Badge is a wonderful piece. We are pleased to be able to offer this beautiful and rare to find true Deumer made pilot badge, in its correct case. The badge has tremendous eye appeal. The wreath retains all of the original factory applied silvering, with light frosting in the recesses, and the eagle is beautifully burnished. There is pleasant, even age toning, and only a faint trace of wear, with crisp details. The eagle shows the classic Deumer “Key-Hole” cutout between the legs. The reverse of this badge shows textbook Deumer hardware and construction, with a barrel hinge, and functional round wire pin and catch. The rivets remain tight. This badge is maker marked on the back of the eagle with “W. Deumer, Lüdenscheid.” This fine badge is housed in its correct case, which is specific to this manufacturer. The exterior is covered with a deep blue leatherette, with a pebbled texture. The word “Flugzeugführer” is embossed in gold leaf on the lid, in a Fraktur typeface. The exterior of the case retains nearly all of the original surface, and is in very nice condition, with only a few minor scuffs. The hinge and push button function with no issues. The inside of the case is complete and nearly pristine, with bold original color to the insert and to the silk lining. This cased Deumer Pilot Badge is a choice example that would be hard to upgrade. The condition borders on near mint.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Pilot Badge was instituted by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring on August 12, 1935. It was among the earliest badges introduced in the German Wehrmacht and was worn by all qualified pilots in the German Air Force, similar to the “wings” worn by some other armies. The design of the badge featured a large, swooping eagle clutching the German national swastika emblem, surrounded by a wreath of oak and laurel leaves. The badge was normally presented in a blue hinged case. It was worn on the upper left uniform pocket, and a cloth version was also authorized for field use. In the nearly ten years from the introduction of this badge, to the end of WWII, the manufacturers of these awards made many changes in the features of the designs. Some companies, like Juncker, Assmann, and Deumer, had early first pattern badges which looked completely different from later pieces by the same manufacturers. Pilot badges were made of aluminum, nickel silver, plated Tombak, and zinc. The eagle was always a separate piece, riveted to the wreath, with different manufacturers using different rivet designs. As the war progressed, and dies wore out, many makers produced badges with subtle changes. All of these changes, over time, opened up a large spectrum of variation collecting for Luftwaffe badge collectors.
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