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ON11234

Original German NSDAP Party Enamel Membership Buttonhole Badge by Karl Wurster - RZM M1/34

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice original German NSDAP (Nazi) Party Enameled Buttonhole Badge, RZM Marked with M1/34 indicating it was manufactured by Karl Wurster, of Markneukirchen in Saxony, Germany.

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 organizaions, 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 Karl Wurster of Markneukirchen being contractor number 34.

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 nickel 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 good condition, though the plating on the front has mostly worn off, while the plating on the back has oxidized to a lovely patina. Overall good condition with great enamel, and the back is permanently attached, intended to put in a button hole on the shirt or collar. We don't find these nearly as often as the "safety pin" attached variety.

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