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Title DLV balloon pilot qualification pin
Nationality German
Period c 1935

Deutsch Luftfahrt-Verband (German Aero Club) lapel pin. This pin - one of the rarest of the 3rd Reich lapel pins - was awarded for fully qualified balloon pilots (military observation balloons were disguised as civilian sporting ones at this time). NB: There was also a full-size qualification badge (ie this is the lapel-pin version).

Silver plate and enamel finish on base metal. This item is illustrated in Heering - Husken's 'Katalog der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945' (published 1997) on pages 108-109 (item 8702d, priced at 500 DM).

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[Militaria : Badges : Third Reich : Luftwaffe NSFK DLV]


The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

I have received the dirk and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for delivering this in a professional and timely manner.

S M, Australia, 19.07.2010