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Type D - Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe im Etui by C. E. Juncker of Berlin. The Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge was awarded to those who had successfully completed the paratrooper training course, consisting of physical and psychological tests along with six qualifying parachute jumps. The two-piece construction badge features a die struck tombak based and gold gilded eagle with a die struck nickel silver based blackened wreath. The oval shaped obverse depicts a diving Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a swastika within its talons, and is above by a blackened half laurel leaf and berry, half oak leaf and acorn wreath. The reverse displays the correct maker mark “C. E. Juncker Berlin SW”, two tombak rivets, the soldered on tombak barrel hinge, soldered on tombak round wire catch and tombak round wire pin. It measures approximately 1 5/8 inches wide by 2 1/8 inches high. See page 140 of T Durante’s “The German Luftwaffe and Heer Paratrooper Badges of World War II” reference book. A beautiful piece! The award comes housed in its appropriate Juncker case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained blue leatherette. To the front is a gilded steel (lightly oxidized) spring loaded push button. To the back is a steel (lightly oxidized), staggered, piano hinge. To the very top in the gilded Gothic style pressed gold foil script it reads: “Fallschirmschützen - Abzeichen”. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a light blue velvet material that outlines the pin, hinge and catch assembly. The interior top is constructed out of a purple satin material and has an underlying pad. The exterior show minor scuffs throughout. The case measures approximately 2 15/16 inches wide and 3 1/8 inches deep and 15/16 of an inch thick. A desirable maker assembly!
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