A Luftwaffe Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Bronze by Funcke & Bruninghaus of Lüdenscheid. The Bronze Bomber Clasp, Kampf und Sturzkampfflieger (Heavy, Medium and Dive-Bomber), was awarded for 20 combat missions. It is constructed out of two pieces of die struck zinc/nickel-silver that has been bronze washed / chemically blackened and covered in a protective lacquer coating. The obverse depicts a centrally placed blackened downward pointing ‘winged-bomb’ that is surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath that is tied together at the bottom with a stagnant swastika and is flanked by four triangular cut outs and two nine-piece oak leaf clusters. The full back reverse shows a center rivet, a soldered on round plate flatwire catch, soldered on block hinge and coke bottle pin. The bronze wash has been absorbed by the zinc making it look more silver than bronze. It displays wonderful detail. It measures 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall. A nice piece!
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