A Cased J1 Luftwaffe Beobachterabzeichen by C.E. Juncker of Berlin (1937-39). The badge was awarded after completion of two month qualifying service, after five operational flight as observer, or if the recipient was wounded while posted as observer (prior to the completion of the other criteria). It is constructed out of a two piece, die struck, nickel-silver base that has been silver washed/burnished and covered in a protective lacquer coating. The obverse depicts a detailed Luftwaffe open winged eagle that is clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. The eagle is in front of a half laurel leaf half oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The reverse of the badge correctly displays; the “C. E. Juncker Berlin SW” maker mark, behind the eagle. It also shows a soldered on round wire catch, soldered on barrel hinge, a round wire pin and two rivets. The badge is in gorgeous condition! Beautiful details throughout the eagle's wings head and wreath! It measures approximately 2 1/16 inches wide and tall. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained blue leather. To the front is a gilded steel spring loaded push button. To the back is a gilded steel, staggered, piano hinge. To the very top in the gilded Gothic style script it reads: “Beobachterabz.”. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a dark blue fibrous felt material that outlines the pin, hinge and catch assembly. The interior top is constructed out of a purple silk like material and has an underlying pad. The leather is faded and the push button no longer works. The case measures approximately 2 15/16 inches wide and deep and 15/16 of an inch thick. A very nice early example that will make for a great addition to your collection!
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