Germany - Third Reich: A very good example of an early issue Luftwaffe Pilot Badge, silver needle pin fitting, maker marked on the reverse of the eagle for C.E. Junker of Berlin.
Condition: Good Very Fine
The Luftwaffe Pilot Badge was instituted on 12th August 1935 by order of Reichsmarchall Hermann Göring. The badge was awarded after one completed flight training and the flying licence and citation were received. The Austrian firm of BSW made unique and particularly attractive pilot badges. Sometimes called “squat eagles”, they have a small, delicate look. Assembled with tiny precision rivets, BSWs also have a long narrow barrel hinge and a very different catch. Formed from a piece of stout wire, the catch is neatly soldered into the wreath at a right angle. BSW badges have a shiny silver finish and darkly burnished eagle. It should also be noted that the two outer sections of the barrel hinge are finished in silver, but the inner section is darkened along with the pin. High quality BSW finishes are tough and have held up well over the years. BSW pilot badges are incused with either the famous clover leaf insignia, or the firm’s name written out in tiny letters.