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Let's See Some Gau Badges

Article about: The Gau badges were awarded to individuals who had given utstanding service to a certain Gau. Let us see what Gau badges our members have. The first is the Gau Berlin badge

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    And its younger counterpart- Gau General 1925. This one (as did the 1923 pin) came in two versions- painted and enameled. While the same wreaths were used on both decorations, the 1925 used a different swastika. Although not immediately obvious they do not share the same die characteristics with 1923 pin pointing in the direction of re-tooling.

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    Matt
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Gau Ehrenzeichen Collector

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    A Bronze version of Gau Thuringen Ehrenzeichen. While the purpose of this grade is still unknown, they are the exact same as their silver cousins. Few have been found with their envelopes bearing then name 'Ehrenzeichen' so we know it was an honor award. Those packets also made it possible to identify the maker of both grades as Danner of Muhlhausen. Just as the silver ones- individually numbered on the verso.

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    Matt
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Gau Ehrenzeichen Collector

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    Gau Ost Hannover Ehrenzeichen.

    One of the cases of 'if the design is good enough to be a tinnie, its good enough to be a Gau Ehrenzeichen'.
    While the design is the same as a day badge, it differs in materials and construction. While the 'tinnie' version is hollow, the actual Gau Badge is made from tombak in the solid version. As such the weight is increased quite dramatically but the overall dimensions are very similar (marginal difference due to different materials).


    cheers

    Matt
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Gau Ehrenzeichen Collector

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    A first class collection Matt my friend!

    Here's my one and only.
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    Thanks Erich, well done yourself.
    It would appear those cases were changed slightly between the first time those awards were given out in '33 and the 'above 1000' numbered badges- which were 'transformed' a bit as well.

    cheers

    Matt
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Gau Ehrenzeichen Collector

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    Quote by matthew View Post
    Gau Essen Ehrenzeichen
    Struck in 935 silver.
    Well, for the most part anyways.

    cheers

    Matt

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    Ost Preussen again. Without a doubt the most complicated Gau Badge construction wise. Although not immediately obvious a lot of thought and effort went into designing those pieces. One of my personal favorites.

    cheers

    Matt

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    You have a first class collection Matt and it's nice to see them all on one thread. It's nice to see these important awards finally coming into their own.

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    Another model of Gau Thuringen badge- unlike the 'original 1000' this type featured white frosting and polished highlights. Awarded relatively late- sometime after Dec.31, 1940 so almost 7 years after this decoration made its debut.

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    Matt

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