Product Description: This early cased Juncker Glider Pilot Badge is an outstanding piece. It is extremely rare to find an early Juncker Glider Pilot made of nickel silver on today’s market. This one is in near mint condition, and would likely be impossible to upgrade. The eagle retains nearly all of its original dark finish, with crisp detail. The wreath and swastika retain all of the original silver electroplating, with a mild, appealing patina. The reverse of this high-quality early badge is textbook in all aspects, with typical Juncker hardware. The “C. E. Juncker Berlin S.W.” maker mark is stamped behind the eagle. The attachment pin is functional, and there are no repairs, no damage of any kind. This gem of a badge is housed in a near mint original case. The case is a “generic” style, with no lettering on the lid. Virtually all of the original exterior surface is intact, with only very slight wear. Inside, the imprint on the high quality velvet lined insert gives the impression that the badge has been housed in this case for a very long time. The lining and hinge cover are intact, and the case hardware still functions properly. This cased Juncker Glider Pilot Badge is an extremely desirable set, with tremendous visual appeal.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Glider Pilot Badge was instituted by Luftwaffe Chief Hermann G<span class=”st”>ö</span>ring on December 16, 1940. The badge took the form of a wreath of narrow oak leaves, made of Buntmetall or silvered zinc, to which was riveted a flying eagle with a darkened finish. The badge was designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus. Production of the badge began at the firm of C. E. Juncker in the fall of 1940. The badge was awarded to airmen who had earned the Glider Pilots License; it was issued together with the license, upon conclusion of training. The metal version of the badge was originally issued in a blue presentation box with a hinged lid. There were also cloth versions of the badge produced, both machine-embroidered and hand-embroidered; production of these ceased in 1942. The badges were worn on the left breast pocket of both military and civil uniforms.
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