Here we have a nice 1st Variation Kriegsmarine Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher by Schwerin & Sohn of Berlin. The Navy Blockade Runner Badge was awarded to non-military and later military personnel who gave service on auxiliary or merchant vessels employed in military duties which broke through the British sea blockade on Germany. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been chemically blackened and silver washed. The round shaped obverse features a merchant ship breaking through the sea, with a highly stylized silver Kriegsmarine eagle (with out-stretched wings clutching a swastika within its talons), which is all surrounded by elongated chain links. The slightly dished full back reverse is correctly designer / maker marked: “Fec. Otto Placzek Berlin Ausf. Schwerin Berlin”. It has the correct; soldered on tombak block hinge, soldered on tombak flatwire catch and coke bottle pin. The details throughout the ship and eagle are good. The color contrast between them really makes the eagle stand out. This shows minor wear and soil. It measures approximately 1 15/16 inches in diameter. A quality example you will be happy with!
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