WW2 German Luftwaffe Pilot Observers Badge. Mid-war badge, zinc based. Typically, the zinc Luftwaffe badges are devoid of any finish. However, this one retains outstanding original gold and silver wash. The original silvering on the eagle is extremely bright, with eye-catching luster. The gold finish on the front of the wreath is nearly all there, with toning from age. There is no little or no perceptible wear, and full original detail is present. The reverse of this Pilot Observer Badge is textbook, with no sign of repair. Most of the finish has faded on the reverse of the wreath. There is no maker marking, but this variant is known to have been made by the firm FLL (Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid). The hardware is typical for this variant, with flattened rivets that have never been messed with. The sheet metal hinge and catch and round wire pin are functional and retain original finish. Very good to excellent condition. This is a tough badge to find, especially in this condition.
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|4 × 3 × .5 in