Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise: Flight Badges for Imperial Germany, Other Central Powers, and Selected Allied Flight Badges.    
Updated on 29 December 2017.      
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Prussia

 

 

11-524 XRP C. E. JUNCKER .800 SILVER ARMY OBSERVER BADGE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a classic example of the C. E. Junker hallmarked Prussian Army Observer Badge. The badge measures 1  ¼” x 3.” The obverse’s center features a square Observer’s Emblem (hailing from when Army observers on the ground made signals using flags similar to the emblem). The emblem measures ¼” x ¼,” and is made of red, black, and white enamel. The enamel work is flawless. The reminder of the obverse features the Hohenzollern Crown, along with oak and laurel leaves tied into a bow. The obverse’s condition is excellent.
The reverse reveals that the badge is of the classic “Rayback” design. In the center are two small clips that allowed the enamel Observer’s emblem to be attached to the badge’s back half. Also present in the center are the C. E. Juncker Berlin and .800 silver hallmarks. A small weep hole where gases could escape during the soldering process connecting the two badge halves is also present. It is a very pleasing badge. $950.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-414 PRUSSIAN ARMY GUNNER’S BADGE - MINIATURE. This is a miniature of a Prussian Army Gunner’s Badge. The badge is vaulted, which is highly unusual. A large jump ring is attached to the smaller jump ring on the badge. From the top of the jump ring to the bottom of the badge this measures 7/8" and it measures 1/2" wide. This would of the correct size to be added to a tie chain bar which would show the various orders and decorations that the veteran had won. This miniature is in excellent condition. $450.00 

 

 

 

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11-527 XBB STICKPIN - ARMY PILOT BADGE - PRUSSIAN. This is a consignment item. It is a Prussian Army Pilot Badge stickpin. It would have been used as an accent piece on a tie or possibly a lapel. It is quite detailed, with an excellent rendition of the Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The badge measures ¼" x ¾." The stickpin measures 2" in length from the badge’s top down to the pin’s point. The pin features a knurled effect. It is in tiptop condition. $125.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-528 XBB STICKPIN - ARMY PILOT BADGE - PRUSSIAN. This is a consignment item. It is a Prussian Army Pilot Badge stickpin. It would have been used as an accent piece on a tie or possibly a lapel. It is quite detailed, with an excellent rendition of the Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The badge measures ¼" x ¾." The stickpin measures 2 ¼" in length from the badge’s top down to the pin’s point. The pin features a knurled effect. It is in great condition. $125.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-529 XBB STICKPIN - ARMY PILOT BADGE - PRUSSIAN. This is a consignment item. It is a Prussian Army Pilot Badge stickpin. It would have been used as an accent piece on a tie or possibly a lapel. It is quite detailed, with an excellent rendition of the Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The badge measures ¼" x ¾." The stickpin measures 2 ¼" in length from the badge’s top down to the pin’s point. The pin features a knurled effect. It is in lovely condition. $125.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14-445 XBB PATRIOTIC RING - PRUSSIAN - ARMY PILOT BADGE. This is a consignment item. It is a ring that features a Prussian Army Pilot Badge as its central theme. These rings were often worn by pilots, or by their sweethearts or wives back home. The badge is highly-detailed. The condition is better than many that we see. Often these rings’ high points exhibit excessive wear, rendering their details unclear. This example, however, sports crisp, clean features.
Leaves flank the Pilot Badge on its band. The band’s interior is hallmarked for .835 silver. A size-reduction device is installed within the ring that reduces it to a size "5." It is approximately a size "8 ½" without the sizer. I cannot say if it was a period adjustment, or if a collector added the sizer after the fact. So, it was clearly added for a woman. If this device were to be removed, it could be worn by a man. I cannot say, however, what size it would be in its natural state.
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Bavaria

 

11-423 XRB BAVARIAN ARMY PILOT BADGE STICKPIN. This is a consignment piece. It is a high-quality stickpin with a miniature of the Bavarian Army Pilot’s Badge. This piece has a magnificent patina. It is unhallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. It sports a knurled pin. These are far more difficult to find than Prussian Army Pilot’s Badge Stickpins. $250.00

 

 

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11-533 XBB ARMY PILOT BADGE - COMMEMORATIVE - CARL POELLATH HALLMARK - SILBER - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a high-quality Bavarian Commemorative Pilot Badge of the two-piece hollow variety. Carl Poellath produced the finest Bavarian flight badges. The latter means its two pieces were soldered together, as evidenced by the weep hole under the reverse’s catch. The badge is in excellent condition. $1,295.00psDEC17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Navy

 

 

11-518 XLD ENGRAVED NAVY LAND PLANE PILOT BADGE. This is a consignment item. Today we are offering an interesting naval Land Plane Pilot Badge. The badge was used by the pilots of the Marine Jastas that flew in Flanders against France and Great Britain’s air services. The badge was first authorized in 1915. By WW I’s end, two Navy Plane Geschwaders had been created and had contributed to the air war, along with their Army brethren. The badge’s obverse depicts an albatross flying beneath a bright sun and over a walled city on the ocean. Surrounding this scene is an oak and laurel leaf wreath, topped by an open Hohenzollern Crown. The reverse features horizontal engraving containing the information listed below.

1*7
1 M F F A
1917
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[The 1 sports an unusual added fillip on its top left side].

The reverse’s pin is flat, as is often the case on a one-piece-massive Navy flight badge. The badge is in topnotch condition, overall. It displays a very pleasing patina. $1,195.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-522 XRP COMMEMORATIVE NAVY OBSERVER BADGE. This is a consignment item. It is a seldom seen flight badge, a Navy Commemorative Observer Badge. The German Imperial Naval Air Service was rather unusual because they offered two different pilot badges. They also offered a Commemorative Badge for both pilots and observers. The difference in the two badges was subtle. The Commemorative Pilot Badge featured an albatross with upraised wings flapping. The Commemorative Observer Badge depicted the albatross with his wings outspread, soaring and observing what was below him. Both badges were unique to the Army or Naval Air Services. They were the only two badges that were issued in the prinzengroße size. Like all wartime Navy flight badges, it is gilt-toned.
The badge, which is of a cutout design, features a wreath of oak and laurel leaves joined together by a ribbon at the bottom. A Hohenzollern Crown tops the wreath.
The badge’s reverse has a flat pin. The eagle’s reverse displays both the manufacturer’s and the silver hallmarks. It would make an excellent addition for your collection. $1,250.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-523 XRP NAVY LAND PLANE PILOT BADGE. This is a consignment item. The Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) issued two types of pilot badges. The first was for Sea Plane pilots who were based at naval bases and launched from the water. These badges came in both two-seater and single-seater configurations. The Navy Land Plane Pilot Badges were primarily issued to pilots of single-seater airplanes that fought in Flanders’ Marine Jastas. As the war progressed, these squadrons flew in greater numbers and produced the greatest naval aces.
Our offering today is for a Navy Land Plane Pilot. The badge can be easily be distinguished from a Sea Plane Pilot Badge, as it depicts a scene of a coastal city rather than that of an island (Heligoland) in the distance. Both badges are gilt-toned, unlike their silver counterparts from Prussia and Bavaria. The badge measures 1 ¾” x 3.” It is topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. Beneath the crown is a sun whose rays shine down on the albatross flying in the badge’s center. Beneath the albatross is the town scene previously described. A wreath of oak and laurel leaves is tied at the badge’s bottom center. The detailing to the obverse is very crisp and clean.
As we examine the reverse, we see that the badge is of the one-piece massive variety. It has a flat style pin with NO hallmarks for manufacturer or silver content. The badge’s overall condition is excellent. $895.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Army & Navy Zeppelin & Misc. Zeppelin

 

 

11-415 COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE - MINIATURE. This is a miniature of the Commemorative Navy Airship Badge. The badge has amazing detail for its size. It is in excellent condition. $450.00 

 

 

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21-110  GILT COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE STICKPIN. This is a very high-quality miniature was mounted onto a pin. This was then used by a veteran. This is gilt on silver. Its superiority and attention to detail are quite striking for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Navy Airship Badge, it sports a Hohenzollern Crown. This example is quite unusual due to its gilt finish. While all other naval flight badges were gilt-toned, the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge was silver like its Army counterpart. A half moon and crown, along with the silver content (.800) are marked on the reverse. It is a lovely miniature. $325.00

 

 

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11-480 XBB COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE - STICKPIN. This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality miniature mounted onto a pin. It was then used by a veteran. It is silver-toned. It is very well made for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Navy Airship Badge, it sports a Hohenzollern Crown. While all other naval flight badges were gilt-toned, the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge was silver, like its Army counterpart. It is a lovely miniature. $325.00

 

 

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11-481 XBB COMMEMORATIVE ARMY AIRSHIP BADGE - STICKPIN. This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality miniature mounted onto a pin. It was then used by a veteran. It is silver-toned. It is very well made for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Army Airship Badge, it does not sport a Hohenzollern Crown. It is a lovely miniature. $325.00

 

 

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Austrian/Central Power/Misc. Flight Badges

 

11-420 AUSTRIAN NAVY PILOT’S BADGE 1st MODEL.  This is a fine example of a 1st Model Navy Pilot’s Badge. What is unusual about this badge is that it is prinzengroße-sized. The obverse features an eagle or albatros in flight over a crowned anchor. It also displays a two-color band of enamel. On the reverse we find that the badge is a pinback. It has no manufacturer’s hallmarking. It is a fine badge. $795.00

 

 

 

 

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14-446 XBB - PATRIOTIC PIN - AUSTRIAN - MONOPLANE WITH IRON CROSS. This is a consignment item. It is a patriotic pin that features a pilot flying an Austrian monoplane superimposed over a laurel leaf wreath as its central motif. The plane’s wings extend outside the wreath. The pin measures 1 ¾" tall and 1" wide from wingtip to wingtip. An enamel Austro-Hungarian Empire flag decorates the pin’s top center point, while an enamel Iron Cross appears at the bottom. It is a handsome, well-made pin. $395.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-525 XBB PILOT BADGE - FRENCH. This is a consignment item. France traditionally issued its pilots their flight badges when they successfully completed pilot training, but in a different manner than the Germans. In France, each flight badge was assigned its own, unique, identification number. I do not know if one can discover which pilot was awarded this particular badge, although perhaps its new owner can try.
The badge measures 1 ½" x 2." It consists of a gilt-toned eagle in flight superimposed upon a silver-toned wreath topped by a gilt star. A silver bow decorates the wreath’s bottom center point.
The reverse of the badge has an unusual pin system that looks like an old-fashioned, gold-toned barbell (a bar with two round balls at either end). One end unscrews to allow the bar to be pulled out from the double catches. The badge could then be attached to the tunic either through sewn-in loops or possibly by piercing the tunic’s fabric.
The badge’s reverse features its serial number, "14295," at its base. A script "B" enclosed within a circle precedes the serial number. My WW I Pilot Badge expert (my "go-to guy" for British, German and French badges) informed me that French Pilot Badges were essentially the same from WW I through the 1930's. That said, he dubbed the serial number "consistent with badges that were produced and issued during WW I." We are all aware that the mortality rate for WW I pilots was quite high. I have no idea what constituted France’s total number of pilots during the Great War, but to think that it comprised more than 14,000 is mind boggling!
The badge is in very fine condition.
$725.00 psDEC17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-535 XBB PILOT BADGE - ROYAL FLYING CORPS - BULLION. This is a consignment item. It is a WW I Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Pilot Badge, a high-quality bullion badge made of superior-quality silk. It is a thirteen-feather variety that measures 1 ½" x 5." [This has been authenticated for me by an expert on British flying badges. He has shared with me that all British wings were privately purchased from military effects stores or from tailors who prepared the soldiers’ uniforms. The badges were not issued by the military]. It is in excellent condition. $695.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11-539 XBB PILOT BADGE - LAPEL PIN - U.S. ARMY AIR SERVICE - SCREWBACK. This is a consignment item. It is a miniature of the U.S. Army Air Service Pilot Badge that was used as a lapel pin. It measures ¼" x ¾." Interestingly, it is a two-piece screwback example that would have been inserted into a suit coat’s lapel buttonhole. It is in excellent condition. $395.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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