Here we have an early 1939 Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz. The black wound badge was awarded to those who were wounded once or twice by hostile action (including air raids), or frostbitten in the line of duty. It is constructed out of a die stamped tombak base that has been black painted and lacquered. The oval shaped obverse depicts an embossed profile of a mobile swastika, above an M35 pattern helmet, which is again above two crossed broad swords. This all lies on a pebbled field and is surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath which is tied together at the bottom with a bow tie. The hollow back reverse shows the appropriate pin, hinge and catch assembly all of which are in well-working condition. The majority of the black paint remains intact. The badge measures approximately 1 3/4 inches high by 1 1/2 inches wide. Overall it is a fine early one!
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