Type: First Pattern
Product Description: The First Pattern Blood Order is an iconic and extremely desirable political award, extremely rare, and missing from many advanced collections. This is a lovely example that appears tio have been actually worn on a uniform. It is made of 900 silver (90 percent pure silver) and retains a lot of great luster, with some typical age toning to recessed areas. The medal shows wear, and appears to perhaps have been carefully polished long ago, likely by the original owner when the medal was worn. It has clean, crisp surfaces, and retains much original detail. There are some typical small nicks to the edges; the overall condition is excellent. This first pattern Blood Order medal is complete with its original ribbon, with a stitched buttonhole. The ribbon shows honest wear and use, with expected age toning . The buttonhole has been reinforced with hand stitching, and there are some other stitches near the top of the ribbon that are likely remnants of stitching used to affix this to a uniform pocket. The lower reverse of the medal bears the name of the manufacturer (Josef Fuess in Munich), is stamped “900” for the silver content, and is numbered “1305.” Research on this number has shown that this award was issued to Ludwig Baum, whose NSDAP membership number was 546271. Baum was a district official born in 1882. He lived in Munich, participated in the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 and eventually joined the Nazi Party in 1931. His records remain in archives and photocopies of these will accompany the award. Overall, this first pattern Blood Order is an excellent, named example of what was one of the very most highly regarded awards during the Third Reich.
Historical Description: The “Blood Order” (Blutorden) was first awarded by Adolf Hitler on November 9, 1933, ten years after the failed “Beer Hall Putsch” in Munich, at which Hitler and around 2,000 of his allies and supporters had attempted to seize control of Munich. The official name of this award was “Ehrenzeichen des 9. November 1923” (Commemorative Medal of 9. November 1923). The medals were made of silver, with an eagle on the obverse, and on the reverse, the Feldherrnhalle building in Munich, where the Putsch had been stopped by Munich police officers. The Feldherrnhalle later became a Third Reich shrine and was where the officers of the SS swore their allegiance to Adolf Hitler. The first 1500 of these awards (the “first pattern”) were given to actual participants in the Putsch, who had been in the fighting that day, or had been in the march. Only about half of these men had actually been in the NSDAP in 1923, though many had been in the Freikorps. All of the Blood Order medals were individually numbered, with the exception of the awards given to Hitler and Goering. In May of 1938, new rules for awarding this metal were instituted. Men who had served time in prison for Nazi Party related activities, or who had been wounded in the service of the Party, before 1933, were now eligible for this medal. It was later also awarded to Austrians who had been involved in certain pro-Nazi activities in 1934 or earlier, and at Hitler’s discretion, could be awarded posthumously to certain individuals. All of the later, “second pattern” awards, that were not given to people who participated directly in the 1923 Putsch, had serial numbers over 1500. The total number of medals awarded was lower than 6,000 and may have been as low as 4,000. These medals are extremely rare today and are highly prized as one of the most prestigious and important political awards of Nazi Germany.
-extremely rare award
– awarded to those who took part in the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923
– made of 900 silver
– features the Feldherrnhalle; where the beer hall putsch was stopped by policemen of Munich. Later became a Third Reich Shrine and was where the SS Officers swore their allegiance to the Adolf Hitler
– One of the most highly regarded awards during the Third Reich
– Original Ribbon
– named to an “Ludwig Baum” whose NSDAP membership number was 546271
– His Blood Order number is stamped on the reverse of the medal and is “1202”
– Only photo copies of his records are available and will accompany the award
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