RARE WW2 GERMAN LUFTWAFFE HONOUR GOBLET AWARD
This Luftwaffe Honour Goblet, awarded to airmen and officer’s of the German Air Force during WW2 for gallantry in combat and was an award made for heroism which fell short of being awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, which was Germany’s highest combat award.
The goblet measures 203mm in height and the lip is a diameter of about 100mm. There is a heavy original patina overall, showing this to be a totally uncleaned example, fresh from the estate. This Honour Goblet depicts on one side an eagle attacking another bird which is upside down in the air. The symbolism here of course reflects the dangers of the air fighter pilot. The opposite side of the goblet depicts the raised out Iron Cross having fine serrations, raised swastika in the centre and the date, “1939” on the bottom leg. At the lower neck portion of the goblet above the flared stand are double rows of oak leaves with acorns. The detail is outstanding throughout these leaves.
Around the lower rim, beneath the oak leaves, is the name and date of the recipient, “OBERLEUTNANT FREIDRICH HOFLING AM 2.10.42”. Raised out around the lower rim is the purpose of the award, “FÜR BESONDERE LEISTUNG IM LUFTKRIEG”. This of course translates to “Outstanding Performance in the Air War”. The lower inside portion of this goblet is stamped, “Feinsilber / Alpaca / Auflage” and beneath is the maker name, “Joh. Wagner & Sohn”.
Patzwall has Oberleutnant Hofling as receiving his goblet on the 5th of October 1942 as an observer whilst flying with the 5th Staffel Aufklarungsgruppe and was subsequently award the German Cross in Gold on the 12th of July 1943. These pieces are exceptionally rare, very few were ever awarded given that many were posthumous awards. What a great exciting piece this would make added to the shelf where you house other Luftwaffe memorabilia. Extremely decorative and a most important looking war trophy.