So is the badge a real deal? Were they allowed to make their own without authorization?
Yes both are authentic. "authorization" only comes into play towards the end of the 1920`s with the Zeugmeisterei and a few years later the RZM. Even then it took many years after that to standardize the badge. So there is the period between late 1920 and late 1933 when anything is possible. One of the badges above is actually RZM marked in the transitional way, so dated to around late 1933 early 1934. (and even possibly into 1935-1936, although stickpins as such vanish from period catalogs and RZM reference around the middle of 1935.)
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This being a computer....means I'm slow, lol. Give me a minute or two!
They are also my favorite badge, next to sunburt patterend badges. Trying to complete the RZM list but always get snagged by these beauties/uglies along the way. Transitional badges are fun to look at too, though. You can see how hard they were trying to produce a good product but mostly fell flat on their face with those designs. While I enjoy my helmets, rifles, pistol, crosses, and pennants, the Party badge has the most character with all of their non-conformity.
A Deschler error. (One of a few i have and know of - not like this, just Deschler errors in general) For some reason the number 9 has been stamped onto the reverse. Without a doubt done at the time it was manufactured, but why? Could be many reasons i guess, the one we possibly looking for here is "Human error"
A MSC image of the number is below.
It looks very similar to the '9' used on Deschler GPBs.
If anything, it must be worth 9 times the price of a regular Deschler? yes - no? of course yes
Another mystery cleared up by the world famous badge expert and inverter of grand tales to assist in selling badges