Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Detlev Nieman at its last sale in 2005 is this beautiful example of a WW1 U-Boat badge in Tombak.
Condition is very good and the badge is free from damage of any kind with just a pleasing appearance of light service use. The horizontal fixing pin, hinge and locking catch are all working well.
The reverse is stamped Walter Schott fec indicating that Schott was the designer rather than the manufacturer. A good point to look out for on these badges are the machine striations (scratches) on the reverse. These are perhaps caused by the sanding wheel used to hand finish the badges and would seem to appear on original pieces only.
The U-Boots-Kriegsabzeichen was instituted during the First World War on February 1, 1918. It was awarded to recognize U-boat crews who had completed three war patrols. The badge was worn on the lower left side of the uniform.
A lovely example which would prove difficult to upgrade.
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