Prinzen – Abzeichen für Marine-Flugzeugführer auf Landflugzeugen im Etui 1915 by C. E. Juncker of Berlin. Instituted February 23rd 1915 by the King of Prussia and the Emperor of the German Empire Wilhelm II to pilots of the Navy, who completed their service in the war on land planes. Approximately 230 badges were awarded making it one of the rarest badges of the Airforce. It is constructed out of a two-piece die stamped alloy base that has been gold gilded. The oval shaped obverse features an eagle soaring below the sun and above a landscape surrounded by a half oak leaf and acorn, half laurel leaf and berry wreath that is tied together at the bottom with a bow tie and below a Prussian style crown. The full back reverse features a vent hole (bottom), a soldered on flat wire catch, soldered on block hinge and flat wire pin. All of the components remain in well working condition. The detail is beautiful the gilding is impeccable! It measures 1 3/16 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches tall. It comes housed in its appropriate issue case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leather. To the front is a round tombak spring loaded push button. To the back are two small steel, staggered, piano hinge. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a dark maroon velvet material that outlines a pin, hinge and catch assembly. The interior top is covered in a pearl satin material above an underlying pad. It is maker marked in gold foil: “C.E. Juncker Alte Jacobstr. 13 Berlin S.W.”. The case measures 2 1/8 inches wide by 2 13/16 inches deep and 3/4 of an inch thick. A rare piece!
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