UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE
Actual Zeppelin Badges were not issued until after WW I, which meant they were called “Commemorative” Navy and Army Airship Badges. Today we are offering a fascinating oval-shaped badge. This “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge is blackened and stamped just like a wound badge. The “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge’s outer rim consists of a laurel leaf wreath. A naval anchor extends vertically (from top to bottom) within the wreath, with the zeppelin itself being placed horizontally across the anchor just below its top crosspiece. The front and back of the zeppelin extend beyond the wreath’s sides. The airship is emblazoned with the word “Zeppelin.” The badge’s reverse sports four pins that would have allowed the badge to be attached to a garment or a cap.
I have never before seen a Navy Zeppelin Badge like this. It would make a fine addition to any Zeppelin collection.