The Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe) was a Luftwaffe award established on 27 February 1940 by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, the Reich Minister of Aviation and Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe. It was officially known as the Ehrenpokal “für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg”, or Honor Goblet “For Special Achievement in the Air War”. The award was given only to flying personnel (pilots and aircrew). Recipients’ named were published in the periodical Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe (Honor List of the German Air Force). German archives indicate that approximately 58,000 were given “on paper”, but only 13-15,000 goblets were actually awarded according to the records. The first airman to receive the goblet was Johann Schalk on 21 August 1940.
The award was made to aircrew who had already been awarded the Iron Cross First Class but whose performance was not considered to merit the German Cross or Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. It was replaced by the Luftwaffe Honour Roll Clasp in January 1944.
The actual goblet was produced in two materials, fine silver (German: Feinsilber) or also in German Silver (German: Alpaka) or Nickel Silver. The size is about 200 mm tall x 100 mm in diameter. The goblet was produced in two pieces which were fitted together into one unit. The obverse depicts two eagles in mortal combat. while the reverse bears an Iron Cross in high relief. Oak leaves and acorns adorn the stem. The legend “Für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg” are formed into the base.
This is a very nice goblet however we would like to point out that at some point someone in the past attempted to remove the swastika to the reverse which is often seen on this era militaria, you can see some scratches where this was tried, however it was not completed and you can see from the interior where the cross is stamped that there is no damage to the interior which means it was never fully removed due to the motif being stamped, the swastika has since been nicely restored by a jeweler or craftsman ( not by us! this was done long ago by a previous owner)
This does not detract from the overall display of this beautiful item and is still a superb item which retains all of its original patina!