Maker- Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid - FLL
COA From Mr. Thomas M. Durante:
Unmarked Luftwaffe Pilot badge, but commonly attributed to the Ludenscheid-based firm of Friedrich Linden. A mid-to-late war example, with the wreath and eagle being made from Zinc. The eagle was appropriately darkened and was additionally fmished with a protective lacquer that has aged and toned over the years giving it a greenish! yellow appearance. The reverse hardware setup is typical "FLL" production, with a "lazy" block hinge lying on its side, and round-wire catch soldered directly to the zinc wreath; an uncommon feature to find with zinc-based badges but a common production technique attributed to the Friedrich Linden firm. The large, bulbous rivets are also typical of this maker, and appropriately made from zinc to match the base metal Ofthe eagle. The described and pictured piece is an original example of this award. Size, weight and dimensions are correct to known examples. This documents a lifetime guarantee on the above details and is accurate based on the information available to date.