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Luftwaffe Beobachterabzeichen GWL

Article about: Hi guys, i am back from never ending hunt with some new goodies. this badge marked GWL . i am very concern about Eagle being in minty condition in relation to the rest of the badge. As alway

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    Hi guys, i am back from never ending hunt with some new goodies.
    this badge marked GWL . i am very concern about Eagle being in minty condition in relation to the rest of the badge.

    As always your replies are greatly appreciated.
    Dmitry
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    Sorry, no good this time, note the post war Souval "claw" catch. GWL also only made these in buntmetall, this one appears to be (at least in part) zinc.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    thank yo my friend

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    Made (as Ned said) by Rudolf Souval - and jeweler's quality but the wrong construction. There was a story about when I started collecting in the 1980's that this catch design was deliberately done to identify it as a reproduction. RS was a wartime maker and many masters still existed to be able to reproduce the new coining dies for the post war award appetite that sprang up and the cutout catch was SO UNLIKE any wartime one that it clearly identified them. Whether this is true or just a myth I cannot be certain but I do like Souval copies if their price reflects what they are.

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Hi Dmitry, another post war souval I'm afraid, if they were sold as period awards I would get my money back. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    a copy observers badge not pilot.

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    thanks guys!

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    Here is a real Pilots/observer badge by GWL, for the right price it can find a new home.

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