This is a consignment item. It is a cap badge that was displayed in the front center of a naval officer’s schirmütze. It measures 2 ¾ x 3.” The badge is made of fine gold bullion, including the Hohenzollern Crown that was emblematic of the crowns seen on all naval items. The bullion extends to the laurel leaves that encircle the badge’s kokarde. These varied according to officer’s duties. This particular variety is for an officer who served aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship.
Its kokarde is gold bullion with a red center, indicating the Reich rather than a particular State. It sports a different type of cloth as its backing on the reverse. The obverse’s bullion displays a wonderful patina that just shouts that it is one-hundred-plus years-old. The patina and its honest wear assure us that this is the real deal.
It is a marvelous example of these hard-to-find cap badges.