Early D1 Deumer Observer Badge – Cased

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Deumer

Base Material: Nickle Silver

SKU: JW4780 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This early D1 Deumer Observer Badge is an extremely rare matching set. The gorgeous badge is a desirable, early thin wreath version, that is extremely well-preserved. All of the original fine detail is present on the obverse. The wreath retains all of its original factory applied silvering, with frosting in the recesses. The silver finish shows a slight, pleasant patina, with attractive toning. The eagle is nicely burnished and still retains its very light factory applied lacquer, with no evident wear. This badge is unmarked, but the hardware on the reverse is textbook Deumer, with a barrel hinge, and functional round wire pin and catch. The rivets are tight. This beautiful prewar badge is complete with its original case. This case is the original early Deumer made case for this badge, and is itself difficult to find. The case is covered with blue leatherette with a finely pebbled grain. The word “Beobachter” (Observer) is embossed in gold on the lid. The hinge and push button are intact, the case retains nice color, and most of the surface is intact. There is only light wear on the edges. The interior of the case displays the badge handsomely, with bright original color to the velvet insert and the silk lining, and no damage to note. This Early D1 Deumer Observer Badge is an absolutely exquisite award, made even more appealing with the original case. It is in a strong excellent plus condition overall.




Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Observer Badge (Beobachterabzeichen) was instituted by Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring on January 19, 1935. To earn the badge, a member of the Luftwaffe had to have had an observer’s license for two months, or to have participated in five flights over enemy territory, or to have been wounded on a flight. Members of other branches of the Wehrmacht could also be awarded the badge, if the necessary conditions had been met. The badge featured a flying eagle and swastika emblem, affixed to a wreath of laurel and oak leaves. Early examples were made of Tombak or nickel silver, with aluminum used (rarely) later, and finally zinc for wartime badges. A cloth version was also authorized for field use. The badge was worn on the left breast of the uniform. About 35,000 pieces had been awarded by war’s end.


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