Product Description: This is a nice, representative example of a TENO Stickpin. This was a membership badge intended for wear by members of the Technische Nothilfe organization. The front of this attractive stickpin features a TENO organizational logo, superimposed over a large swastika emblem. It’s an impressive design, with silvered metalwork and high-quality red and black enamel. The glossy enamel is flawless, and the metal retains most of the original finish, with some age patina. The reverse of this TENO Stickpin is stamped with a serial number. There is an old, uncleaned patina on top of the original silver finish. The attachment pin is nice and straight, and is affixed to the back of the emblem with the original solder. This stick pin shows little or no wear, and is an appealing, all-original piece.
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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