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#361337 04/01/2024 09:29 AM
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Quick look at a pair of Luftwaffe Adler rings. The black one I was lucky enough to obtain recently from Gaspare. They are both brass with enamel around the Luftwaffe eagle. They're well-worn with a couple of scratches/cracks or chips in the enamel but generally in decent condition.

Black signified Air Ministry staff or engineer. Golden yellow was either for pilots or other aircrew (Fliegertruppe) or parachutists (Fallschirmtruppe). (Note that the GDC 'Waffenfarbe Guide says that yellow was not used in the Luftwaffe, but that is not true.)

Odal posted a yellow ring of the same type a few years ago:
https://forum.germandaggers.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=295884#Post295884

Does anyone have one of these in a different colour? There was a red (anti-aircraft personnel) and maybe also a blue (medical corps).

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Stephen #361338 04/01/2024 10:02 AM
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Hello Stephen,

good catch....black one is not so easy to find and still missing in my collection.

Here's my four

Ric

P.S. for some reason, red one seems almost like pink.....but it's not.

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Originally Posted by Ric Ferrari
Hello Stephen,

good catch....black one is not so easy to find and still missing in my collection.

Here's my four

Ric

P.S. for some reason, red one seems almost like pink.....but it's not.

Magnificent! Thanks for sharing, Ric. I love the blue one. The brown one is Communications or Signals (Luftnachrichtentruppe)

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Excellent Ric!!!!!


I have a blue,,, but not with eagle,, has the 2 rank gulls.. The blue and black rare either version with eagle,,or with rank gulls....


I always liked the red/Flak,,yes,, yellow can be for flyers and, paratroopers.... Very nice guys!

Stephen #361362 04/03/2024 07:20 PM
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Hello,

a black one before or later had to join the family....so here's the new bird popped up few hours.....after my post here (it happened like that...I'm not joking).

Ric

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Stephen #361373 04/04/2024 10:05 AM
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That's a beauty, Ric. Congratulations!

I've been hoping that blue, brown and red birds will pop up. Nothing so far... 🤨

Stephen #361377 04/04/2024 01:37 PM
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Very nice Ric!! Thanks for sharing it with us! Hey guys,,grab them while you can still get them.. In a few years there won't be anything around. There was only a finite amount made.. The ground has given up most it has,,,you will then only be able to find something whem someone passes or liquidates.

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Here’s another Luftwaffe. At first, I thought this ring was silver. It’s quite heavy but there is no silver content mark. Also, in certain light conditions, there is a yellowish tint at the edges of the shank. You can see this on the last two photos. I wonder if it’s silver plated brass.

What I think is striking is the beautifully engraved cartouche that looks like rose gold. I would guess that this ring was commissioned privately.

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Strange.. And unless I'm seeing the same ring over the years..... I have seen a few of these over the years and wonder if somehow there was a small production of them made..[?]

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I have had this ring for at least 18 years, Gaspare. Maybe a few guys from the same unit clubbed together and had them made. I think it's a beauty. One of my favourites.

Stephen #361388 04/05/2024 03:18 AM
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Then that is it because I have seen this more than once.. - And,, entirely possible to have a small run of 50 or whatever made......

Come you guys,, I know someone has another,,or seen another,,lets see or hear!

Stephen #362226 06/19/2024 08:58 AM
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I was lucky enough to obtain this Luftwaffe Obergefreiter (Airman First Class) ring recently. The enamel is chipped in one corner but I still think it's a beauty. It joins my slowly growing Luftwaffe collection.

Obergefreiter 01 Medium.jpeg (52.8 KB, 99 downloads)
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Stephen #362227 06/19/2024 12:19 PM
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Those are great looking Luft rings. But, the base is the best.
Ed

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Originally Posted by ed773
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Those are great looking Luft rings. But, the base is the best.
Ed
Thanks Ed. It’s a solid 250g ingot of 999 silver Nazi bullion. Very useful as a paperweight laugh

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Wow, 8+ ounces, very nice, and hard to acquire nowadays I'm sure.

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Like those rings. Thanks for sharing.

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I don't mind a bit of enamel missing at all.. Like to see whats behind! smile

Good catch!

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I'm curious what members think about these two Luftwaffe rings. Personally, I have my doubts as to their being WW2 period. Other than these examples, I haven't seen either pattern elsewhere. Both rings are of a two-piece construction, with the eagle being soldered to the ring shank. They both look like silver but only one has any kind of hallmark. On the second ring, there is a suspicious 'scar' behind the cartouche, which might me a casting flaw.
Thanks guys.
Stephen

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Stephen #362417 07/01/2024 07:13 PM
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Some of these pieces made the rounds years ago.. Get determined fakes and they disappear. After 10 years or more they show up again ..

- * Stephen, Let someone else get those!

Gaspare #362418 07/01/2024 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Gaspare
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Some of these pieces make the rounds years ago.. Get determined fakes and they disappear. After 10 years or more they show up again ..

- * Stephen, Let someone else get those!
Ha ha! Too late! I got them both many years ago. They weren't expensive.
Thanks Gaspare, that confirms what I suspected.

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* Well like Andy used to say. Those are 'Tuition rings'.... smile


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