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A 1st Variation “8-Wave Type” - Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch by Rudolf A. Karneth & Söhne, Gablonz a.N. The Minesweeper War Badge was awarded for participation in three engagements, special distinction during tours, an outstanding single deed or/and participation in a special operation. Other special conditions more suitably deemed by the commanding officer could grant the award as well. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been gold gilded, silver washed and chemically blackened. To the obverse depicts an explosion coming out of the water, this is below a Kriegsmarine eagle (with out-stretched wings, clutching a swastika within its talons), which is surrounded by an oak leaf and acorn wreath that is tied together on the bottom. The full back reverse of the badge shows the correct maker mark “R.K.” (Rudolf Karneth & Sohn, Gablonz). It also shows the tombak; integral stamped block hinge, soldered on round wire catch and coke bottle pin (bent). The unique eagle head and details throughout are excellent! Beautiful detail, gilding, silvering and blacking! It measures approximately 2 3/16 inches high by 1 ¾ inches wide. A great one!
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