An early example of the small w GAB (General Assault Bage) from manufacturer Karl Wurster. The badge is made from zinc which is then silvered and evidence of this can be seen on the rear of the badge where “zinc pest” (corrosion of the zinc) has produced bubbling beneth the silver coating.
Please see the later example of this badge by the same manufacturer which is also in the medal database.
Close up of Wurster eagle
Reverse showing bubbling of zinc corrosion beneath the silver wash
Close up of the block style hinge
Small w Manufacturer marking attributable to Karl Wurster in relief next to the hinge
Round wire catch with typically encountered, for this manufacturer, sloppy soldering. NOTE for this particular example of the GAB the soldering could be considered to have been repaired however this manufacturer is notorious for its crude catch attachment methods so could in effect be a factory issue.