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Title NSDAP cap badge, last pattern leader's version
Nationality German
Period c 1943-45
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This badge would have been worn on all NSDAP leaders caps, replacing the smaller eagle of the early war years. These caps usually had light brown cotton tops with a brown velvet band and a light brown vulcanite peak. In modified form, a similar cap was worn by AH himself, with a similar eagle!

It is marked RZM on the reverse, together with the product/factory code, in this case M1/44 for Jakob Bengel of Idar, Oberdonau - according to Chris Ailsby's Combat Medals of the Thirrd Reich and John Angolia's book Military Awards of the Third Reich. However, both the above authors might well now be proven to be in error, as the latest, excellent book on Third Reich manufacturers, by Michael Heidler, lists this factory at Idar, Oberstein in the Rhineland-Palatinate district. Perhaps Oberdonau is the old name for this area?

The condition of this piece is virtually ex-stores, apart from a missing prong at the back. I think these were looted from a tailor's shop in the Danzig area as I bought them together with a parcel of Danzig Luftschutz lapel badges.

It is die-struck out of sheet aluminium with a gilt wash.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Badges : Third Reich : Party]

testimonials

My order arrived this morning, thanks for the prompt delivery.

Two excellent original pieces, I must say.

Buckle is in minty condition retaining so much detail esp plummage on eagle's neck and chest, like to see those 'creases' on the legs also... a beautiful example of an early O&C buckle.

Belt is very interesting, rather thin, CROUPON stamped and also behind the tongue...maybe Allegmeine but no SS markings as you state. Beautiful piece none the less.

Thanks for a speedy transaction Chris, I am very happy with my purchase :)

B M, United Kingdom, 26.10.2018

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005

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