Reichspost Visor Cap Eagle, RZM M1/45

Condition: Mint

Maker: RZM M1/45, Friedrich Linden, Lüdenscheid (FLL)


Product Description: This Reichspost Visor Cap Eagle is a beautiful and absolutely pristine example of a scarce eagle. It is in factory mint condition. It’s a nice, clean strike, and is made of aluminum. On the front, the swastika has been highly polished, to a bright, mirror finish that contrasts beautifully with the matte finish of the eagle. The reverse of this Reichspost Visor Cap Eagle is marked with the circular RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and bears the maker code M1/45, which was the code assigned to the prestigious awards manufacturing firm of Friedrich Linden in Ludenscheid. The crimped-in round wire prongs are intact and textbook. There is no indication that this was ever affixed to a hat. This Reichspost Visor Cap Eagle is a truly choice piece that displays great and could not be upgraded.



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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