Here we have an excellent Silver Infantry Assault Badge by Ferdinand Hoffstadter of Bonn a. Rhein. The oval badge is vaulted and constructed out of a die struck, zinc base that has been silver washed. The obverse depicts a rifle and bayonet below a Heer closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika within its talons. This is all surrounded by an acorn and oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The reverse of the badge shows a semi-hollowback. It has the correct buntmetall hardware riveted to the zinc body. They all remain in well working condition. This does show much silver being absorbed. An interesting badge with unusual hardware. Note this badge can be viewed on pg. 206 of the IAB reference by Weber. It is identified as an unknown maker there, however recent evidence has attributed it to Hoftstadter.
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