Product Description: The age darkening on this Luftwaffe Flak Badge Ball Hinge gives it a striking and gorgeous look. It’s a desirable early example, made of a brass alloy (Tombak). Virtually all of the original silver finish is present, and has toned dark over time. There is only minor wear to high points on the obverse, and the dark toning contrasts nightly with the brighter areas and some nearly bronze tones in a few places. The reverse has a wonderful, even, dark patina. The hardware is functional, with no sign of repair, and features a crimped-in ball hinge, a round wire pin, and a crimped-in sheet metal catch. A very slight bend in the pin suggests this may have been worn on a uniform. This Luftwaffe flak badge ball hinge has great character and eye appeal, and is in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Flak Badge was instituted on 10th January, 1941. The original design, an eagle clutching a swastika flying above a raised 88mm gun emplacement and surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves, is credited to Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, a famous German architect whose designs were favored by the German OKW and used for many other combat and qualification awards. The criteria for the awarding of the Luftwaffe Flak Badge was based upon a points system. Points were given for the downing of enemy aircraft and the assistance of the downing of aircraft by searchlight or spotting units. After accruing 16 points, the badge would be awarded. Both officers and enlisted personnel were eligible for the award.
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