Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Gau Baden Commemorative Badge – Silver and Gold Class

Gau Baden Commemorative Badge – Silver and Gold Class
Instituted – 1933
Rarity – Rare, Rare
Known MakerFr. Klett






These badges are identical save for the colour and comprise of an oval wreath that measures 46mm by 35mm. The wreath has a plain panel at the base with square ends that measures 22mm. On to this is impressed, in large capital letters, 'GAU BADEN'. The letters are infilled with black paint. From the panel on either side, are six sprigs of two oak leaves that form the wreath meeting to tip to tip at the apex. The width of the wreath measures 6mm, the centre has an early political eagle with its wings just superimposed over the oak leaf wreath. The oak leaf wreath held in the eagle's claws just touches the inside of the name panel. The wreath has ribbon ties at 9, 12, 3 and 6 o’clock respectively. Each of the quarters formed has three bunches of oak leaves. The central field is slightly convexed and lightly pebbled and on to this is superimposed a swastika with the upper tip of each arm being clipped.

The reverse of the badge is flat and plain, with a small hinge at the top and a hook that resembles half of a safety-pin. It has a fine needle pin. Stamped in two lines in small capital letters is the manufacturer's name, 'FR. KLETT, KARLSRUHE'. The award was to be worn on the left breast pocket. The badges were instituted in 1933 by the Gauleiter of Gau Baden, Robert Wagner, to commemorative the tenth anniversary of the NSDAP in Baden. The Gold award was for those members who had joined the party from 1923 to 1925 and the Silver was for those members from 1926 until 27 October 1929. They must have been resident in the Baden region with an unbroken membership in the NSDAP. The badge was issued with a citation.

 Gau Baden Badge in wear, MAIER EUGEN,  Insel Reichenau

 

 
 
 

 
Gau Baden Commemorative Badge for Women – Silver and Gold Class
Instituted – 1933
Rarity – Very rare, Extremely rare
Known Makers Fr. Klett










This badge comprises of a similar design to that employed in Gau Baden Commemorative Badge, but is round and measures 27mm. However, in this badge the letters that make up the title are bold on the panel. The reverse has a brooch pin and bears the manufacturer's logo in two lines, in small recessed capital letters, 'FR. KLETT, KARLSRUHE'.


The badge was instituted in 1933 by the Gauleiter of Gau Baden, Robert Wagner, to commemorative the tenth anniversary of the NSDAP in Baden. This badge was to be awarded to female members of the party. The Gold award was for those members who had joined the party from 1923 to 1925 and the Silver was for those members from 1926 until 27 October 1929. They must have been resident in the Baden region with an unbroken membership in the NSDAP.

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