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This is a very rare early WWI Imperial Prussian Seaplane Pilot Badge in gilt silver by the firm of Hugo Schaper. The signature Schaper loop at top on back, to protect the tiny cross at top form breaking off, is present. Normally the vertical pin would be marked H. SCHAPER, but that pin is gone. During the period of wear the attachment was converted to a horizontal pin on the upper part of the badge, for some reason of personal preference. We have a RPPC of a Prussian Seaplane Pilot wearing a similar badge. He wears it quite low on his coat, perhaps this placement is a reason to have modified the badge, to allow it to move with the bend of the body, while seated in the cockpit, as these badges were worn at all times, even in the air.
This is a lovely example of this early war badge, with its silver marks intact, and showing that it obviously flew in the skies above Europe and the North Sea.
Published in Previtera, pages 38 - 44, and Pandis, page 33.
Approximately 2-7/8" in height x 1-13/16" in width.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Badge: Horizontal T-style pin with catch.
"Crescent & House" mark and "800"
This is from a WWI Prussian medal collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-VAJJJX08/09-20 LDGIEX04/05/20 SDGIEX04/05/20
8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The badge is in a beautiful state of preservation, overall is quite nice, the gilding is mostly worn away, but the lovely details remain quite bold.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.