Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This set of 3 Uncut SS BEVO Cap Eagles is a really nice piece, that shows how these eagles left the factory. Bevo machine woven eagles like these were mass produced on looms that produced rolls of insignia. Many strips of insignia and even entire rolls were taken as souvenirs in the war’s final months, and strips like this were once relatively common on the collector market. Over the years, most were separated; uncut insignia like this, especially very desirable Waffen-SS insignia like these eagles, have become extremely hard to find. The three eagles on this strip are the textbook issue style that was factory applied to field caps. The distinctive SS eagle and swastika emblems are woven in silver gray thread on a black backing, on a thin rayon strip. There are some tiny stains, but no damage to note. The reverse of the strip shows details of the machine woven construction. The eagles on this strip are of course unissued and unworn. Overall, the condition of this set of 3 Uncut SS BEVO Cap Eagles is near mint.
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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