Product Description: This is a very nice example of a desirable SS Membership Pin. This SS Zivilabzeichen was intended for wear on civilian clothes by SS members. It is a prewar piece, made of nickel silver. The obverse depicts the runic organizational emblem of the SS in silver on a black enamel field, surrounded by two circles. The pin appears to have been worn, but retains original silvering on the runes on the front. The high-quality enamel is completely intact, with no cracks or chips. The reverse of this SS Membership Pin is maker marked “Hofstatter, Bonn”and is also marked “Ges. Gesch.” indicating a legally protected design. It is also serial numbered, “34047.” The pin is straight, and tapers to a point, and has correctly spaced grooves along its length. The pin is affixed by means of a soldered pin plate. The pin has a small period done reinforcement where it attaches to the plate. This pin is a very attractive piece of regalia, that remains in excellent plus 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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