NSDAP Party Pin M1/155

Condition: Excellent

Maker: M1/155

SKU: JW3505 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This NSDAP Party Pin M1/155 is a gem. It’s made of Tombak, a brass alloy. The condition on the front is outstanding, with most of the original finish still intact on the metalwork, and no damage to the top quality enamel. The red color used for the enamel on this badge is exceptionally bright and eye-catching, and more opaque than is often seen. It shows only minor wear, with a very slight, even patina from age and use.  The reverse of this retains the original pin assembly, which remains functional and is still held in place with the original solder. Nearly all of the original silvering is present on the reverse, with typical age toning and patina. It’s nicely marked, with the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei and the maker code M1/155 indicating manufacture by the firm of Schwertner & Cie. in Eggenberg b. Graz. This attractive and desirable membership pin is in a strong excellent condition.



Historical Description: The NSDAP Membership Badge (Parteiabzeichen) was worn by all members of the Nazi Party, on the lapel of civilian clothes, or in some cases on uniforms. The origins of the badge date back to the early days of the NSDAP, and there is much variation among the earliest examples, though this was soon standardized into the form of an enamel pin featuring a black swastika on a white roundel, surrounded by the inscription “National-Sozialistische D.A.P.,” the official name of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, within a red enamel border. Beginning in 1934, manufacture of the NSDAP membership pins was controlled by the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the reverses of the badges were marked with the RZM logo and maker codes. At some point after the outbreak of WWII, the manufacture of the fine enamel membership pins ceased, and pins were made of silver finished zinc, with painted rather than enameled decoration. Most NSDAP enamel pins had a soldered pin on the reverse, though they were also available with a flat round fitting that allowed the badge to be worn in a buttonhole. Because so many Germans were members of the NSDAP, millions of these pins were made, though some rare variants and early types are hard to find. Even the most common examples are popular among collectors, because of the historical value as well as the iconic, striking design.


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