A Rare Cased Defense Economy Leader Badge (Wehrwirtschaftsführer Abzeichen) with 800 silver Lapel Badge. This badge was instituted in 1939 and awarded to industrialists who made important contributions towards the war effort. It is constructed out of a die struck aluminum-alloy base that has been gold fire gilded with polished highlights beneath a lacquer coating. The oval shaped obverse features, from top to bottom; a German national eagle with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed mobile swastika above a bannered “Wehrwirtschaftsführer” (Military Economist), above smoking industrial buildings which is all surrounded by a border that has a half oak leaf wreath to the bottom. The full back reverse has a soldered on oval plate round wire catch, soldered on oval plate barrel hinge and flat wire catch. All of which remain in well working condition. The gold highlights look great! There is soil throughout. It measures approximately 1 13/16 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches wide. Accompanying the award, as is commonly seen, is an 800 silver lapel badge for everyday use. It is constructed out of a die struck 800 silver base that has been gold gilded. The obverse features a German national eagle with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed mobile swastika above a bannered “W W Fü” (Wehrwirtschaftsführer - Military Economist) and above a half oak leaf and acorn wreath . The full back reverse is marked “800” has a soldered on and knurled round wire stickpin. The face measures approximately 7/8 of an inch wide by 9/16 of an inch tall. Both the award and lapel pin come housed in an LDO maker marked case. The case is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated black leatherette. The interior base is covered in a pearl fibrous felt material that outlines the pin hinge and catch assembly. The interior top reads, in black: “LDO” within an oval and rectangular border along with a purple L/?? maker mark. Minor scuffs and soil to the exterior. The case measures 2 11/16 inches wide and long by 5/8 of an inch thick. I don’t know the appropriate case for this and this one may be a gold wound badge case but this is exactly how it came so that's how I am selling it. A wonderful assembly that your collection needs!
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