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.
This front fighters cross is a marked with what appears to be PLS (or could that be RS?) within a cirlce in a raised morif centrally on the reverse of the medal.
Silver IAB from R.S. Note that the letters of the manufacturer in this case are raised and “chunky” block capitals.
Bronze IAB manufactured by RS