German WW2 Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet badge (HSF) by the manufacurer Rudolf Souval of Wien / Vienna denoted by the R.S. marking in relief on the reverse. Depicting a naval battleship steaming out of an oakleaf wreath with the Kriegsmarine Eagle crowning the design is certainly “striking” as the ship bears down face on.
This particular badge has suffered tarninshing / loss of gilding (the gold wash) around 40% of the wreath but overall retains a pleasing patina.
Note: Some RS or Rudolf Souval badges were produced post 1945 and as always many copies abound. It is highly recomended to do an exhaustive comparison of fine details with known originals.
Zerstoyer of Destroyer badge from the Kriegsmarine from unknown manufacturer and with the “elegant” horizontal coke bottle style pin and locating lug reverse.
A very crude reproduction of a badge pretending to be a war time Destroyer badge from the Kriegsmarine. Cast from what appears to be lead (or another similarly flexible metal) the badge can be “bent”. A note of caution – Bending badges is not a way to determine originality!!!!