Product Description: This SS Collection Against Hunger and Cold Tinnie is a very desirable and early SS piece. The front of this metal badge features the runic emblem of the SS, within a circular border, surrounded with the wording “SS Bläst zum Sammeln Gegen Hunger und Kälte” (SS Sounds the Call to Collect against Hunger and Cold). This was a Winterhilfswerk donation tinnie, sold by the SS to raise money for the Nazi winter relief organization in Gau Hessen-Nassau in 1934. Part of the original thin silver finish remains on the wording and SS runic emblem, while the recessed background retains nearly all of the original black painted finish. The reverse of this SS Collection Against Hunger and Cold tinnie has an old, uncleaned patina, with a functional brass pin still held firmly in place with the original solder. This attractive piece is complete, and shows light wear, but no damage. It’s in excellent condition.
Historical Description: “Tinnies” is a generic collector term for many different types of small pin-on badges that proliferated during the Third Reich. Small pins with various designs were made for members of various Nazi organizations, and were also made to commemorate events of all kinds, from Nazi Party rallies to sports races and trade conventions. Tinnies were also made to commemorate various special dates and anniversaries, holidays, and political days such as elections. Some tinnies were given to all participants of an event, while others were sold to raise money for a cause or for an organization. The Winterhilfswerk (Winter Help Organization) sold very many different kinds of tinnies to raise money for social help, both locally and nationally. Generally speaking, anyone at all could wear these, to show support, or just as a fashion statement. Tinnies were used by every Nazi organization, and also by the armed forces, and civil groups. There were many thousands of different designs. Despite the name, “tinnies” were not all made of metal. They were made in glass, amber, plastic, paper/cardboard, fabric, even pressed leather and wood. The manufacturers of these pins ranged from local artisans, to the factories that made military and civil awards. Some tinnies were produced in vast numbers and are easily found today. Others were made in smaller quantities, and rare tinnies can be very sought-after collector items today.
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