Product Description: This Nazi Women’s League Membership Badge is a great original piece. This organization, the “Nationalsozialistische Frauenschaft,” (National Socialist Women’s League), instituted a series of changes to their membership pin over the years, resulting in several variations; this is the style known to collectors as Type III. It’s made of metal, with a silver finish, and features the wording “Deutsches Frauenwerk” over a “sunwheel” type swastika emblem and Life Rune. Nearly all of the original finish is present, with typical age toning. The badge shows only slight wear, with light contact marks, and no chips or cracks to the red and black enamel. On the reverse, this Nazi Women’s League Membership Badge is complete with its original vertical pin, still held in place with the original soldered pin plate. It’s got a nice patina on the back, and is marked with the round RZM logo as well as the maker code “M1/102” indicating manufacture by the firm of Frank & Rief in Stuttgart. This is a nice example, in near extremely fine condition.
Historical Description: The Third Reich was a time of vast expansion for German military, paramilitary, civil and political organizations. The regime created distinctive regalia for all of these various formations, including a wide array of membership pins and badges to be worn by those who belonged to these organizations. These membership pins could be worn on uniforms or on civilian clothing, and existed in countless forms, from simple stick pins to beautiful and elaborate enameled badges made by jewelers using precious materials. Some of these membership pins were generic, and could be worn by any member of a specific organization, while others displayed distinctions such as rank or position, or recognized long service to a particular group. The membership pins of the various WWII and prewar German organizations often featured the national swastika emblem, and were eagerly sought out by souvenir-hunting Allied soldiers. Some of these pins were made in the millions, while others were made in extremely small numbers and are rare today; all of them are collectible.
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