Base Material: Zinc
Product Description: A Glider Pilot Badge by Juncker in excellent condition. The badge is made out of a zinc base metal. The wreath has a thin silver wash remaining, mostly in the recesses of the details. The eagle is finished in a light grey wash. The gliding eagle is affixed to the wreath using two small rivets. The rivets are made of brass and are finished in the way collectors consider “textbook” for Juncker badges. The barrel hinge is soldered to the back of the wreath and hold the pin in place for uniform attachment. Evidence of silver wash can be seen around the base of the hinge on the solder. The flat-wire “C” catch is soldered to a round circular brass disc, which is soldered to the wreath, giving the catch a larger area of quality metal to solder to. The badge is unmarked, but is known through the die and hardware used as a Juncker made badge. A scare Juncker Glider Pilot Badge which would make a welcome addition to any collection.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Glider Pilot Badge (Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen) was instituted by Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring 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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