Lufthansa was founded in Germany in 1926. While it was a commercial airline, many WW I German pilots found employment with the firm. It continued to grow in the 1930’s. After WW II and beyond, it grew into one of the world’s premiere airlines.
Today we are offering an interesting early cap badge for a Lufthansa employee during the 1920’s (not long after the company was founded).
The badge is painted. It is NOT made of enamel. It sports an outer rim in blue with a red inner center. We see “DLH” in gold on the red background, with Lufthansa’s logo (a bird in flight, still used today). Below that we see “186” punched into the badge. It is a very low number for such a badge. Some paint loss spots on the badge reveal that it is made of brass. A screw post is mounted to the badge’s reverse. A nut has been screwed onto it. It appears to me this was a cap badge worn by employees, mechanics, baggage handlers, etc.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an early piece of Lufthansa’s history.