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Just in is this Paratrooper badge (Fallschirmsch?tzenabzeichen) by Berg & Nolte. L?denscheid.

B&NL always produced the Paratrooper badge with a zinc wreath and distinctive recessed catch. The eagle, however, can be found in both tombak and zinc?This example has the early tombak eagle.

Obverse.

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Hi John,

Great addition to your excellent collection! I always liked the B&NL paras, especially the ones with tombak eagle. Very nicely detailed and it looks like the swastika was burnished.

Tom

Talking of burnishing?.

Wear aside; they certainly did a superb job of the fire gilding on this piece. I always find it hard capturing that sparkle you get on badges that have had their highlights burnished.

I thought I?d up the side-light just a little?.but no sparkle! That?s an in-hand experience I suppose. It does however give a better picture of the quality of the gilding.

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