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Volkspflege 2 stufe - pin back

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    Here is the current rarest item in my DRK collection. A second class social welfare decoration in the pin back variation.

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    Criticism welcome too...LOL

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    To be honest I've never come across one of these before. Can you post a pic of the back too?
    What was the award criteria for these badges?
    It is an attractive medal though.

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    It looks great but as Adrian asks it would be nice to see the reverse

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    As far as I know this was the form of the 2nd class of the Social Welfare decoration. The 3rd class took the form a medal, the 2nd class of a pinback (steckkreuz), the first class that of a neck order and then there was a breast star as well.

    The pinback was worn on the left breast.

    The various classes and forms can be seen here:

    Social Welfare (wikipedia)
    Social Welfare

    I spent far more on my collecting than on photography equipment so I had such a bad shot of the back I never saved it. Will try and correct that tonight. In the meantime here is another, showing the construction of the rear:Example

    The award criteria were:

    a. Social Warfare

    b. Winter Relief

    c. Looking after the Sick and Wounded

    d. Keeping up with the old customs

    e. Looking after the German nationals (and/or veterens) in foreign countries

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    As promised, the rear of this particular example.

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    hi guys,

    i don't want to judge this medal as a complete fake. But i do have my doubts. The medal the most simular to this one is slightly bend and the pin setup does look a bit strange.
    Also a point of interest is the overall quality. for such a rare decoration i would expect a top finish.

    look at the picture to compare.

    greetings
    Eddy
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    The medal IS curved. The pictures I posted were taken at a direct angle.

    I cannot see a difference between the pin assembly on mine and the one you show. What about the pin assembly is suspect to you?

    As to quality I do not see anything on the item that cannot be attributed to actual wear conditions?

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    Just a note to move the discussion along.

    There were more than one maker of these type of awards and once again there were slight variations amongst them.

    Also the item I have comes from the David Littlejohn collection.

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    Hi kryptos,

    could you post a picture under an angle like the picture i have posted. I'm sorry i could be wrong as the first picture you have posted is not that clear.

    greetings,
    Eddy

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