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GERMANY – ARMY WOUND BADGE – BLACKSKU: 01-867
This is a top-quality Black Army Wound Badge, the 3rd Class (lowest level) version that was for one or two wounds. First authorized in March 1918, the Army Wound Badge was awarded in black, silver, and gold levels. The badge is in excellent condition, with no loss of paint on the obverse. The reverse’s pin shows some loss of paint, which was caused when the badge was inserted onto a tunic.
GERMANY – ARMY WOUND BADGE – BLACKSKU: 01-736
This is a black/third class of the Army Wound Badge. It was awarded for one or two wounds. Wound badge awards were instituted in March 1918. Our example is in generally good condition, although it has lost paint on the stahlhelm, which is the badge’s highest point.
GERMANY – ARMY WOUND BADGE – GOLDSKU: 01-113
This is a most interesting example of the Army Wound Badge in gold. The pin on the reverse has been removed and two small holes have been drilled at the top and bottom of the badge. This allowed the wearer to sew the badge to his tunic rather than pinning it on. The badge is a darker bronze color from age. It is a most interesting variation of a badge that has been modified to suit its owner’s tastes.
Baden – Pickelhaube – Officer – Pionier-Bataillon NR 14SKU: 04-576
Very clean officer’s pickelhaube from Badisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 14.
The unit was raised in 1850. It was garrisoned at Kehl and attached to the XIII. Armeekorps.
The leather body is complete and in very good condition, overall. Portions of the leather show some signs of age. The wappen, spike base, pearl ring, spike and trim are silver-toned. The chin scales and officer’s stars are gilt. The officer’s red and gold kokarde is rendered in the style used by Baden, Württemberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, and Saxony. I find this kokardestyle very elegant. The Reich’s kokarde is in the Prussian style. The spiked helmet’s interior has a black leather sweatband that has seen moderate use. The silk liner’s red color is quite unusual. All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner. The helmet’s leather body reveals no double holes.
Only one Bataillon wore this helmet. Our example, although clearly worn, has a lot of character and “honest age” to it. It is only the second Baden Pionier’s Pickelhaube I have offered. It is in far better condition than the first.