Enamel 1925 Gau Honor Badge

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: Wachtler & Lange

SKU: JW3574 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Enamel 1925 Gau Honor Badge is a choice gem. These early Nazi Party political awards were issued in limited numbers and are rare and desirable. This one is incredibly well preserved, and rates as near mint. The glossy black enamel on the large, bold central swastika emblem is perfect. The date “1925” is present at the center of the swastika. This emblem is riveted to a nicely detailed silver oak leaves wreath that shows virtually no wear, only attractive age toning. The reverse of this Enamel 1925 Gau Honor Badge is exactly what one would expect to see. The doubled round wire pin and soldered hinge and catch are functional and all original. The two rivets that fix the swastika to the wreath are typical and have never been messed with. The reverse of the swwastika is nicely maker marked, in raised lettering, “R. Wachtler & Lange, Mittweida.” It is also marked “800” indicating the silver content. This piece makes for a very impressive display and would be very difficult to upgrade.



Historical Description: The Nazi Party was organized geographically into districts. Below the national “Reich” level were the “Gau” districts, there were the Nazi era administrative equivalent of traditional German states. The leadership of each Gau was authorized to award special badges to recognize a variety of achievements in the political realm. The exact requirements for each award were determined by the leader of each Gau, and could range from outstanding service to the local political organization, to long service to the Party or participation in important historic events during the Party’s time of struggle before 1933. Some Gau badges were issued in several grades to recognize different levels of experience or achievement. These badges were worn on military and civilian uniforms and were a mark of honor for the Nazi political elite. Twelve different Gau Honor Badges were designed for the 33 (later 43) Gau districts of Nazi Germany. They were carefully designed with impressive designs to denote the high levels of achievement for which they were awarded, and the quality of these badges is generally extremely high. These wewre awarded in limited numbers, and as a result, none of the Gau Honor Badge types are commonly encountered today.


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