Product Description: This Thüringen Gau Badge Numbered is an outstanding piece. This desirable political award is scarce, and in this condition, particularly tough to find. It’s a high quality badge, stamped from a brass alloy (Tombak). The obverse of the badge has a very striking design, with a stylized eagle clutching a bold static swastika emblem that is emblazoned with the wording “Für Treue, N.S.D.A.P. Thüring.” (For Loyalty, Nazi Party Thuringia). This award retains an incredible 98 percent of the original finish, with only extremely slight evident wear, and beautiful, even, uncleaned old toning to the original bronze. The reverse of this badge shows a deep old patina, and features a typical clasp type hardware setup, with no damage and no signs of repair. The reverse of the swastika is neatly numbered “875.” This Thüringen Gau Badge Numbered is a choice example of a sought-after Gau award, that would be a challenge to upgrade. The condition rates a strong excellent.
Historical Description: The Nazi Party was organized geographically into districts. Below the national “Reich” level were the “Gau” districts. They were the Nazi era administrative equivalent of traditional German states. The leadership of each Gau was authorized to award special badges, to recognize a variety of achievements in the political realm. The exact requirements for each award were determined by the leader of each Gau and could range from outstanding service to the local political organization, to long service to the Party, or participation in important historic events during the Party’s time of struggle before 1933. Some Gau badges were issued in several grades to recognize different levels of experience or achievement. These badges were worn on military, and civilian, uniforms and were a mark of honor for the Nazi political elite. Twelve different Gau Honor Badges were designed for the 33 (later 43) Gau districts of Nazi Germany. They were carefully designed with impressive designs to denote the high levels of achievement for which they were awarded, and the quality of these badges is generally extremely high. These were awarded in limited numbers, and as a result, none of the Gau Honor Badge types are commonly encountered today.
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