GERMAN WWII RAILWAY EAGLE "REICHSBAHN ADLER" 720MM / 28" SIZE CORRECT MARKINGS!! EXTREMELY RARE!! EXCELLENT CONDITION!!
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RARE GERMAN WWII 720MM / 28 INCH REICHSBAHN RAILWAY EAGLE (ADLER)
THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION IS TAKEN FROM AN INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SITE:
The German World War Two railway eagle was used to attach to the front of locomotives and box cars during the reign of the Third Reich.
This adler (eagle) measures 28 inches (720mm) across, which is the rarest size of locomotive eagle.
The reverse of this eagle is marked with the compound elements along the bottom of the left wing which read; GAL-Mg-Si F13 (Gal=Galvanized Aluminum, Mg=Magnesium, Si=Silicon) and in the center of the eagle are the makers stamp “Wehog”.
This eagle is nicely maker-marked and retains the original bolt threads and is overall an excellent example of one of the most iconic German WWII collectibles.
3rd Reich Railroad Eagle General Information:
It is commonly accepted that the railroad eagles were manufactured in lengths of 24, 27, 28 and 35 inches. (600, 680, 720, and 900 mm). One manufacturing firm’s 24 inch variety eagle may measure a ¼ or ½ inch longer that one produced by another company. The LOK 600 stamped eagles, for example, actually measure a 23 ½ inch wing span running from tip-to-tip. The dimension of a railroad eagle should not be an absolute guide to authenticity. The slight variation in these measurements from one molding company to the next, was due to the hand finishing and de-burring process involved finishing the final product.
When inspecting a railroad eagle for authenticity, examine the obverse striking pose of the eagle perched proudly on a ring of oak leaves, superimposed swastika, and outstretched wings. With a period manufactured eagle, a nice three-dimensional bird is cast in a relatively smooth natural aluminum finish. The fact that these eagles were the result of being produced from a mold, slight flaws will be seen in the metal surface in different areas of the plaque. Minor pock marks and residual metal that may have become trapped in the mold, could exhibit additional imperfections. Not all of these eagles were cast with exact precision of flawlessness. If an eagle were to exhibit such gross flaws such as large scale porosity, missing or incomplete feather features, or a gritty rough surface throughout, this would raise concern. If a railroad eagle was exposed to weather elements, or submerged in soil or water, this could very well affect the appearance.
Although all 3rd Reich railroad eagles were cast with integral cone/stud fastening structures that was part of the mold, at times an eagle will be seen that has had holes drilled through the plaque. Because the only period photos available showing these railroad eagles displayed during the 3rd Reich are usually small and faint, verification of this method of attaching an eagle plaque cannot be positively confirmed.
As with most collectibles, the natural undisturbed patina that has accumulated over time on an item is something that is difficult to replicate on any reproduction. While some railroad eagles offered today have been cleaned or even polished, they were never manufactured with a high luster shine.The more rough and sometimes porous surface suggests that these plaques were most likely finished to a degree that left them with a dull natural matte aluminum appearance.
Nearly every 3rd Reich-era railroad eagle will exhibit some type of maker marks and or numbers/symbols that are usually in the reverse side of the plaque. These maker marks are actually part of the mold, and not something that is stamped later, after completion of the final product. Since many of the firms responsible for the manufacturing of these eagles have never been identified, the collecting community usually refers to them by the initials seen on the reverse. In other words; J&Z, PS, LOK, HE, Wehog, etc. Even with some original WWII period railroad eagles, it is sometimes difficult to clearly identify the maker’s marks and initials. Some of these symbols are very obscure, and use a small font.
****PLEASE NOTE: I am selling this eagle for the same price I paid more than 15 years ago…$435.00. It has all the features of an original piece. Please see the above detailed information and description.
***However, because I cannot be certain that this eagle is original WWII, and not produced just after the war, I am not selling it as original WWII production.***