Maker- Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid - FLL
COA From Mr. Thomas M. Durante:
Unmarked Luftwaffe Paratrooper badge, but commonly attributed to the Lüdenscheidbased firm of Friedrich Linden. A textbook example of a Type "C" badge as shown in the Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge book, with a 1st Pattern eagle and 2nd Pattern wreath. Both the wreath and eagle are made from zinc, including the rivets which are characteristically large and bulbous; a signature feature of this maker's Luftwaffe badges. The reverse hardware setup is also typical, with a "lazy" block hinge lying on its side, and thick-wire catch sitting on an oval base plate. The wreath's dark finish is almost completely intact, with minimal wear to the high points. The eagle's gold finish is also mostly intact, but has dulled over time. 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.