A 1st Variation - Kriegsmarine U-Boot-Frontspange in Bronze by C. Schwerin & Sohn of Berlin. The Navy U-Boat Front Clasp was instituted on May 15th 1944 by the Supreme Commander of the Kregsmarine Großadmiral Karl Dönitz. It was awarded to recognize the constant tough efforts of the U-Boats and their brave tenacious and exemplary fights. It is constructed out die struck zinc base that has been bronzed washed and lacquer coated. The obverse depicts a U-Boat that is surrounded by a laurel leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom with two crossed broad swords and is below a Kriegsmarine eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a swastika in its talons). To either side of the eagle/wreath is a six piece oak leaf and two piece acorn cluster. The full back reverse is marked: “Entw Peekhaus Berlin” (designer) and “Ausf. Schwerin Berlin 68” (maker mark). It also displays a soldered on round plate flat wire steel catch, soldered on tombak block hinge and steel coke bottle pin. All of which are in well working condition. Nice detail remains. The bronze wash is light. It measures approximately 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall. A rarer 1st variation!
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