Lot 8346: Generaloberst Bruno Loerzer - a Combined Pilots and Observers Badge in Gold with Diamonds
04 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Laurel and oak leaf wreath fashioned in gold (multi-section), the reverse with fineness mark "585" (on platelet). Original attachment pin removed and replaced with a jeweller made cylindrical pin securing. The applied eagle with swastika is completely set with diamonds and affixed to the wreath with screws, the upright swastika pin-attached to the coil between the oak leaf and laurel branch wreath sections. The eagle is of multi-section bimetallic white and yellow gold construction, the ca. 170 used diamonds are set à jour (both sides exposed to light). Width 63.5 mm. Weight 45.7 g. A superb example of German goldsmithery at that time. Also included are several photographic documents (in copy) from the pre- and postwar periods (PLM winner), a 1952 letter by Alfred Keller, a 1956 writing regarding the (tr.) "Aviation Badge with Diamonds", an invitation to Loerzer to attend an aviation festival in 1958, a transcript of a 1952 letter by Loerzer to Maltzahn and a copy of his death certificate of 1960. One of the most magnificent decorations of the Third Reich, the so-called "Double Badge in Gold with Diamonds" was the result of Göring's excessive penchant for objects of extraordinary beauty coupled with the highest quality execution of the company "Deutsche Goldschmiedekunst-Werkstätten Berlin" (= DGW). From 1935, these awards were bestowed by Hermann Göring on his closest associates in the Luftwaffe, especially all Field Marshals and winners of the Knight's Cross with Diamonds, and also on Third Reich personalities and those of allied countries. It was declared an official Luftwaffe award in October 1939. Only about 40 bestowals were made. Born in Berlin in 1891, Bruno Loerzer alongside Hermann Göring was one of the most famous flighter pilots of Word War One. A winner of the Pour le Mérite, he was also awarded the Baden Karl Friedrich Military Merit Order. As commander of various fighter wings, he accumulated 44 solo aerial victories. Following Freikorps service and a short stint in the Reichswehr, in 1937 he was reactivated as commander of a Jagdgeschwader (fighter wing). In 1939 he was commanding general of II Flying Corps (bestowal of Knight's Cross in May 1940) and as Generaloberst in 1943 was Chief of the Luftwaffe Personnel Office. He died in Hamburg in 1960.
Condition Report: I - II
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