Product Description: This Luftwaffe Cape Eagle Cutoff is a very scarce and desirable piece of German Air Force regalia. These cape eagles are themselves hard to find, and to find one still affixed to a piece of the original cape is truly rare. These large bullion officer eagles are finely crafted and very impressive, and this one is no exception. It’s all done by hand, with tight and crisply detailed wire embroidery on a Luftwaffe blue wool backing. There is some slight, powdery oxidation in a few areas but all of the wire is there, with no fraying, and only very slight wear. This Luftwaffe Cape Eagle Cutoff is complete with a big chunk of the wool cape, which is a fine, dark blue wool. The eagle is very neatly hand sewn, as is typical for period tailor work. The edges of the cut-off cape piece are a bit uneven, possibly a veteran souvenir cut off in haste. There are also a couple of moth holes to the cape piece, that do not affect the insignia. This is a great example of a large and beautiful Luftwaffe officers cape eagle, rarely available as a cutoff. It’s in excellent condition.
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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