Product Description: This is a uniform removed example of a Kriegsmarine Advanced Technical Official eagle patch. This trade patch was worn by a high level official. It is embroidered in silver wire bullion, with silver being a color used by the administrative trades of the Kriegsmarine. The patch depicts a Wehrmacht type eagle and swastika emblem, over three triangles indicating the advanced level of this official. The backing is made of dark blue badge cloth, with a plain weave. Some wear and moth tracking to the surface exposes the weave of the fabric. All of the hand embroidered bullion is intact, with very slight wear and normal age toning. The backing cloth shows some moth nips. Around the edge, some threads remain from where this was once neatly hand stitched to a uniform sleeve. The reverse of this Kriegsmarine Advanced Technical Official eagle patch retains the original thick black paper backing, which protects the reverse of the embroidery. This is a scarce piece of insignia to find, and the condition rates as very good.
Historical Description: The German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), as formed in 1935, and as they existed until the end of World War 2, consisted of the Army (Heer), the Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the Navy (Kriegsmarine). The Waffen-SS fell under the command of the Wehrmacht during the war. Each of these branches of service had a unique eagle design that was worn on both the formal dress and parade uniforms, and the field uniforms, of the members of that branch. These eagles were worn on soft headgear, including service and field caps, as well as on the uniform jacket. In the Heer, the Luftwaffe, and the Kriegsmarine, this eagle was worn on the chest of the tunic; collectors have termed these “breast eagles.” The Heer and the Luftwaffe generally used the same eagle style, though variations in color of the eagle or the backing distinguish between the two. The Luftwaffe used their own flying eagle emblem. The Waffen-SS sleeve eagle (and cap eagle) had wings that came to a distinctive tapered point. The cap, breast and sleeve eagles used by the various military branches were manufactured in many variations. There were machine-woven and machine embroidered versions, usually used by officers and NCOs. Hand-embroidered bullion wire eagles were typically for officers. There were metal eagles, for caps, or for uniforms that were intended to have detachable insignia. There were even eagles embroidered on camouflage fabric, intended for use on special field uniforms. There were also eagles in specific colors for use on tropical uniforms. Some of these eagles were mass-produced and are still common today. Others were, and are, very rare.
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