Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge


SKU: 03.WMR.0413.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$200 USD

  • Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge Obverse
  • Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge Reverse
  • Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge Obverse
  • Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge Reverse
  • Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge Mark

Estimated market value:

$200 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    P. Küst, Berlin
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: 31. MAI V. L. 1920
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

A cross paty constructed of bronze, the obverse centre bearing a fouled anchor superimposed on a wreath of half laurel and half oak leaves, a “V.” and an “L.” are at either side of the anchor, the arms are pebbled, the 12 o’clock arm bears “31 Mai” and the 6 o’clock arm bears “1920”, the reverse is plain and bears the number and maker mark “Nr. 317 GES GESCHÜTZT P. KÜST BERLIN C. 19 SEYGELSTR 19. A”, with a vertical pinback with a round wire catch, measuring 40.94 mm, very fine.


The Freikorps von Loewenfeld (III. Marine-Brigade) was founded by Korvettenkapitan von Loewenfeld on December 18, 1918. The unit was composed of around six to eight thousand former Navy and Army personnel. In 1919, the unit fought in the Berlin transport uprising, as well as the first Silesian Uprising. In the winter of 1919/1920, it served as part of the Border Guard near Breslau, and during the Kapp Putsch in 1920, it occupied the city. Following the failed coup, the unit was sent to the Ruhr area to suppress a Communist rebellion. The unit was dissolved on May 31, 1920.

The Navy Brigade von Loewenfeld Badge was instituted by von Loewenfeld on March 31, 1920, based on the design by one of the unit's lieutenants named Collins. It was manufactured by P. Küst, Berlin.

The badge was established in two grades, I and II Class.
The I Class was conferred upon individuals who rendered six months of service with the brigade, while the II Class was for those who served for three months.

The I Class is in the form of a cross that was worn on the left breast, while the II Class was in the form of a ribbon bar decoration.

The I Class badge is made of bronze and presents as a cross with a superimposed wreath made of laurel on the left side and oak leaves on the right side, with a superimposed fouled anchor. The 12 o'clock arm is inscribed "31. MAI" (May 31), the inside of the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock arms read "V." and "L.", respectively, and the 6 o'clock arm features the inscription "1920".

The award is also known as Loewenfeld Cross.


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