GERMANY – PILOT BADGE – NAVY LAND PLANE – HUGO SCHAPER – IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE
This is an absolute first for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is Navy Land Plane pilot badge in the original presentation case.
Hugo Schaper was a well-known firm that was founded in 1844. It continued in operation until 1915 and was passed to his son and continued until the 1940’s. One of their specialties was Navy flight badges and many of the true war time examples came from their shop.
Today we offer a fine example of a Navy Land Plane Pilot Badge. Most of the land airplanes operated from Marine Jastas in Flanders although there were some that operated from squadrons on the coast where the seaplanes operated from. The obverse of the badge is finely detailed and has a burnished finish. The crown at the top is open.
On the reverse we see that the badge is of the one piece massive variety which along with the trademark flat pin is indicative of the Schaper badge. Also stamped on the pin is “Schaper.”
The presentation case is red leatherette. There is just enough age to the exterior to give a comfort level. Especially in the area of the hinge. Inside the case the upper half is a red silk on which is embossed in gold information about Hugo Schaper and its location in Berlin. A couple of things that I would like to direct you to in this area. First please note the wear and discoloration on the strip that is directly above the badge. There is also discoloration above that strip. There is also an impression of the badge on the silk liner. A sign that they have been together for a long time.
On the lower half of the case there is that same honest wear. Please note the discoloration of the area where the badge has rested firmly in the cut out area where the pin has rested. There is also staining in areas outside of where the badge has rested. All of these areas on the upper and lower portions of the case give me a comfort level.
This would make for a fine addition to your collection.