Original German WWII NSDAP Party Enamel Membership Badge Pin - RZM Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice original German WWII Era NSDAP (NSDAP) Party Enameled Badge Pin, made before the RZM numbering system was fully put into place in late 1934. The back has the following manufacturer information:
The "GES. GESCH." is short for Gesetzlich Geschützt (Protected By Law), indicating that the pin was a trademarked design. There is however no contract number, so we do not know who the manufacturer is.
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 AH 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 AH 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 NSDAP 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. This example was made during the changeover, so it has the logo, but was never marked with the makers contract number.
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 Swas (swas). In very good condition, the plating is however completely worn away. Overall very good condition enamel with only a bit of light scratching, and the back has a very nice "safety pin" style attachment, which would work on any type of clothing.
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