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FLAG-TOPPER FOR POST WORLD WAR I AVIATION VETERANS’ GROUP

SKU: 14-439

$2,295.00

In Germany, flag-toppers were important additions to an active military regiment’s flag collection (which often featured a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross in the center). At the top of the list would be aviation unit veterans’ flags. These men had proudly served at the front in a wide variety of Observer, Fighter, Bomber, and Ground Gunner squadrons. Veterans from both Army and Navy aviation units would have been included, since the Navy served alongside their Army comrades on the Western Front. The flags for any veterans’ units were generally very ornate and handsome.
It was equally as important to these groups that their flag-toppers be as impressive as their flags. While most other veterans’ groups opted for the Iron Cross as their flag-topper, our offering today instead uses the Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge for its centerpiece. This badge is similar in construction to a conventional Prussian Pilot Badge. The difference is that the badge’s center is cutout and a single bird flies across the landscape. This badge was to be used by Prussian Pilots who were no longer in active flying service. [A photo exists of Hermann Göring wearing this badge on his uniform before the Luftwaffe’s 1935 creation.
The overall dimensions of the flag topper are 5 ¼” x 11.” The dimensions of the Prussian Commemorative Pilot Badge are 5 ¼” x 7 ½.” The bottom portion where the flag is inserted measures 1 ½” in diameter. The flag topper is made of a base metal, and in spite of this, it has an interesting patina.
While I do not have the exact location for this group, it is a fairly educated guess that it would have been in Berlin, possibly even at Tempelhof Airport, where the chaps might have done some flying as Germany began to rebuild her aviation strength.
This is an important aviation artifact and would be a fine addition to any aviation collection.

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In Germany, flag-toppers were important additions to an active military regiment’s flag collection (which often featured a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross in the center). At the top of the list would be aviation unit veterans’ flags. These men had proudly served at the front in a wide variety of Observer, Fighter, Bomber, and Ground Gunner squadrons. Veterans from both Army and Navy aviation units would have been included, since the Navy served alongside their Army comrades on the Western Front. The flags for any veterans’ units were generally very ornate and handsome.
It was equally as important to these groups that their flag-toppers be as impressive as their flags. While most other veterans’ groups opted for the Iron Cross as their flag-topper, our offering today instead uses the Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge for its centerpiece. This badge is similar in construction to a conventional Prussian Pilot Badge. The difference is that the badge’s center is cutout and a single bird flies across the landscape. This badge was to be used by Prussian Pilots who were no longer in active flying service. [A photo exists of Hermann Göring wearing this badge on his uniform before the Luftwaffe’s 1935 creation.
The overall dimensions of the flag topper are 5 ¼” x 11.” The dimensions of the Prussian Commemorative Pilot Badge are 5 ¼” x 7 ½.” The bottom portion where the flag is inserted measures 1 ½” in diameter. The flag topper is made of a base metal, and in spite of this, it has an interesting patina.
While I do not have the exact location for this group, it is a fairly educated guess that it would have been in Berlin, possibly even at Tempelhof Airport, where the chaps might have done some flying as Germany began to rebuild her aviation strength.
This is an important aviation artifact and would be a fine addition to any aviation collection.

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In Germany, flag-toppers were important additions to an active military regiment’s flag collection (which often featured a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross in the center). At the top of the list would be aviation unit veterans’ flags. These men had proudly served at the front in a wide variety of Observer, Fighter, Bomber, and Ground Gunner squadrons. Veterans from both Army and Navy aviation units would have been included, since the Navy served alongside their Army comrades on the Western Front. The flags for any veterans’ units were generally very ornate and handsome.
It was equally as important to these groups that their flag-toppers be as impressive as their flags. While most other veterans’ groups opted for the Iron Cross as their flag-topper, our offering today instead uses the Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge for its centerpiece. This badge is similar in construction to a conventional Prussian Pilot Badge. The difference is that the badge’s center is cutout and a single bird flies across the landscape. This badge was to be used by Prussian Pilots who were no longer in active flying service. [A photo exists of Hermann Göring wearing this badge on his uniform before the Luftwaffe’s 1935 creation.
The overall dimensions of the flag topper are 5 ¼” x 11.” The dimensions of the Prussian Commemorative Pilot Badge are 5 ¼” x 7 ½.” The bottom portion where the flag is inserted measures 1 ½” in diameter. The flag topper is made of a base metal, and in spite of this, it has an interesting patina.
While I do not have the exact location for this group, it is a fairly educated guess that it would have been in Berlin, possibly even at Tempelhof Airport, where the chaps might have done some flying as Germany began to rebuild her aviation strength.
This is an important aviation artifact and would be a fine addition to any aviation collection.