GERMANY – WOUND BADGE – NAVY – SILVER
The Navy wound badge was authorized on 24 June 1918. The army version was authorized in March 1918. Both versions were awarded in three classes. Black 3rd Class, Silver 2nd Class, and Gold 1st Class. The silver was awarded for three wounds. Navy wound badges are far scarcer then army badges due to higher amount of soldiers compared to sailors. Also Navy ships saw far less combat than soldiers who served at the Western and Eastern fronts.
The oval shaped badge has a decorative linked chain border, as you might see aboard Navy ships. Inside the chain border there is an anchor with crossed swords instead of the stalhelm found on Army badges. The reverse of the badge has a pin and catch. We also note that the badge is stamped which makes this an issue badge and not a private purchase. Some of these private purchase badges had an open design or might be seen with a solid back and sometimes made of .800 silver. Badges made of silver were most certainly produced after WW I.
This is a fine example in excellent condition.