Original German NSDAP Party Enamel Membership Badge Pin by Werner Redo - RZM M1/100
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice original German NSDAP (Nazi) Party Enameled Badge Pin, RZM Marked with M1/100 indicating it was manufactured by Werner Redo of Saarlautern, a city very close to the German / French border. The correct name of the city is Saarlouis, however from 1936 till 1945, the town was named as Saarlautern (-lautern being a common ending of town and village names in Germany) in an attempt by the Nazis to Germanize the town name.
The NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), was originally founded in Munich as the DAP, Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (German Worker’s Party), on January 5TH 1919. When Adolf Hitler joined the DAP in the autumn of 1919 he was to reform what was basically a debating society into an active political party. Appointed as the first chairman of the party on July 29TH 1921 Hitler was to restructure it along para-military lines in a hierarchy of four levels of government.
Of Note: In late 1934 items manufactured for the NSDAP and other organizations, including membership pins, came under the quality control of the RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster) and as a result were marked with the RZM logo when appropriate. The registry was was based at the Brown house in Munich and Nazi party headquarters in Berlin. The RZM ensured that the manufacturers of military items were consistent in design, quality of materials and other characteristics of the items. It also defined standards of design, manufacturing and quality and published an authoritative color chart for textiles. The M1 in the code stands for Metal Badges, with Werner Redo of Saarlautern being contractor number 100.
This example is a standard issue membership badge, awarded to all personnel on acceptance as an official party member. It is a 24mm diameter, die struck brass alloy badge NSDAP membership badge with multi-colored enamel work. The badge features a translucent red, circular outer border with embossed silvered script, NATIONAL-SOZIALSTISCHE-D.A.P., encompassing a white enamel field with canted black enamel Hakenkreuz (swastika). In very good condition, with a good amount plating on the back, while the front is worn away to the brass base metal. Overall good condition with good enamel, which just has a few tiny scratches. The back has a very nice functional "safety pin" style attachment, which would work on any type of clothing.
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