Product Description: This DRL Stickpin is a scarce and attractive pin. It was intended for wear by members of the Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (DRL), an umbrella organization for sports and physical exercise in Nazi Germany. The pin depicts the distinctive DRL eagle, with a large swastika emblem. The obverse is nicely detailed, and retains virtually all of the beautiful original bronze finish. Golden highlights contrast nicely with darker finish in the recesses of the design. The reverse of this DRL Stickpin is flat and smooth, and is well marked with the organizational acronym “DRL,” “Ges. Gesch'” indicating a legally protected design, and the stylized “A” maker mark of the firm of F. W. Assmann & Söhne in Lüdenscheid. The attachment pin shows typical knurling, and is soldered directly to the emblem with no repairs. This pin shows only slight age, and no evident wear, and remains in near mint condition.
Historical Description: In Germany, during and between the World Wars, stickpins were generally made for wear on civilian clothing, by either men or women. Whereas most civil and military awards intended for uniform wear were in the form of medals or pin-on badges, the simple stickpins were mostly for adorning lapels of suits. A huge variety of these stickpins were produced. There were pins that anyone could buy, that were patriotic or showed support for some specific cause. There were also various membership pins for military, paramilitary, civil and political organizations. Military and civil awards were also produced in stickpin versions. These took the form of miniature versions of the awards, and could either show one individual award, or all of the awards that one individual had received. In many cases, German stickpins were made with the same standard of quality as the full-size medals and badges.
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