Product Description: This Silver NSDAP Cap Eagle is a pristine and absolutely gorgeous example. It is made of aluminum, and never had any finish applied. The obverse is very clean, with nice luster and attractive, smooth surfaces. There is no apparent wear, and all of the original fine detail remains intact. On the reverse, this Silver NSDAP Cap Eagle is nicely marked with the round “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the maker code “M1/44” indicating manufacture by the firm of C. Dinsel in Berlin. All three of the original brass alloy prongs that would have been used to affix this to a cap are intact. They are made of sheet metal, and are held in place with the original aluminum crimps. There is no indication that the prongs were ever bent after leaving the factory. This is a choice, unissued eagle, that remains in outstanding, near mint plus 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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