BAVARIA – PILOT BADGE – ARMY – COMMEMORATIVE
The Army Commemorative Badge was authorized for pilots who were no longer on active flying status. These badges were authorized in the Bavarian pattern for Bavarian pilots and the Prussian pattern for all other pilots of the Empire. This example comes from Bavaria and is far scarcer than the Prussian example.
The primary difference in the Army Commemorative Pilot Badge is that it has an open or cut out design. Within that cut out design we see an Eagle in flight over the landscape below. The much larger Wittelsbach crown for Bavaria is at the top of a wreath of Laurel and Oak leaves which are tied by a ribbon at the bottom.
On the reverse we see a handsome swollen or coke bottle pin. There is a bit of a twist at the tip of the pin. This most likely comes from piercing a tunic. As this is a two piece badge there are two small weep holes. One at the top and one at the bottom. There is no sign of hallmarking but do be aware this is a badge of the highest quality and is in excellent condition.
This is a consignment item.