AUSTRIA – PILOT BADGE – 2nd MODEL (1917) – KAISER KARL.
It is the 2nd and final model of the Austrian Field Pilot Badge, which was authorized on 2 October 1917. It is of delicate design. At the badge’s top are the Austrian Crown and the Hungarian Crown. Below that is an eagle in flight. At its bottom is a “K” in a white shield, which is for Austria’s final Kaiser, Karl. A VERY high-quality, green, enameled wreath surrounds the badge.
The badge’s reverse displays the manufacturer’s hallmark “Zimbler Wien VII” for Vienna’s premiere Austrian badge and decoration maker. [Just as C.E. Juncker was Prussia’s leading flight-badge maker, Zimbler was at the same level in Austria]. Two spring hooks also appear on the reverse. This was a unique Austrian method of securing flight badges to a tunic. [Doing so would have necessitated using two sewn-in vertical loops on one’s tunic].
This Austrian Pilot badge is seen far less frequently than the 1st model, which was in use for Kaiser Franz Josef until his death in 1916. It is in excellent condition.
This is a consignment item.