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    Austrian Field Pilote Badge


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    (Cut-and-paste of my reply posted in the German Empire Room):


    in my opinion it should be an old piece made for private purchase. The current copies made in Hungary (f.e. from Horvath) seem quite different. There exist pieces made in the time of issue, where the eagle is secured to the wreath by means of bent wire, instead of the typical (official) riveted mount, as it appears on any piece made from Zimbler. In any case, a definitive response cannot be given on pictures only: I think that any piece needs a thorough, direct study.

    The piece here illustrated looks quite damaged (cut-away wings' tips; chipped enamel etc.).

    In any case, collectors should be VERY careful with all types of Feldpilotenabzeichen, Luftfahrerabzeichen, etc.

    I think it should be better to wait and buy a piece of official type and manufacture.

    Best wishes,

    Elmar Lang

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