Waffen SS Officer Cap Eagle


Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: Waffen SS

Base Material: Bullion

SKU: JW5104 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Waffen SS Officer Cap Eagle is a rare piece of insignia to find. This was intended for use on caps worn by officers in the Waffen-SS. It’s high quality, hand embroidered bullion, with two different types of wire, accented with black thread. It is nicely detailed, and depicts the distinctive, tapered wing eagle and swastika emblem of the SS, on a backing of field gray wool badge cloth. The badge cloth has some minor moth grazing that has resulted in missing surface nap in some small areas. There are no holes or significant damage. The bullion wire embroidery is perfect, nice and tight, showing no evident wear. On the reverse, this very hard-to-find SS Officer Cap Eagle retains virtually all of the original black backing paper. Some stitch holes around the edges show that this was once hand sewn to a cap. This is a choice eagle, in outstanding condition. It displays wonderfully, and would be hard to upgrade.



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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