Product Description: This mint cased J2 Observer Badge is an absolute gem. This exceptionally well-preserved badge is a top quality, early production piece, made of Tombak. The wreath retains all of the original deluxe silver electroplated finish, with high relief burnishing that still shines. The eagle still shows all of the original factory darkening, with great details, and no evident wear. The surfaces are nice and clean, with a near factory new look throughout. On the reverse, this outstanding piece is maker marked behind the eagle with a stamped “C. E. Juncker, Berlin S.W.” The hardware and rivets are textbook for this maker, with no damage, and no repairs. The case for this badge is correct and exquisite. The exterior retains all of the original surface, with the designation of the badge in silver lettering on the lid. The hinge and pushbutton are fully functional. The interior is beautiful, with only minimal age toning, and bright original color. This mint cased J2 Observer Badge is an exquisite set, that is extremely rare to find in such pristine condition.
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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